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MMA Crossfire Interviews IPZ Director of Combat Sports Alec Savitsky

Now that we have Conor McGregor, it’s easy to forget how reluctant many fighters were  – and still are – to embrace the importance of branding.

Conor’s fearless combination of Irish steak and sizzle skyrocketed him not only to the top of the UFC, he quickly transcended combat sports with his formidable skills, charismatic personality, and business smarts.

It’s something that former USA National Combat Sambo coach Oleg “Alec” Savitsky appreciates.

Born in the Republic of Georgia, Savtisky will be 46 years old in 2018. He became a U.S. citizen in 1997 and is a three-time world championship medal winner, with a nine-year career in Combat Sambo and MMA (2000-2009). Known to friends as “Alec,” Savitsky successfully made the transition to the business side in various roles including a TV commentator, talent scout, and promoter for M-1 Global in the USA.

Savitsky was recently named Director of Combat Sports at management consulting firm International Players + Zito Partners (IPZ). He spoke to The Crossfire’s Kenai Andrews about his career and his new position.

View the Q&A here: https://www.mmacrossfire.com/2018/02/05/ipz-director-combat-sports-oleg-savitsky-opens-importance-branding/


Former USA National Team Coach Named Director of Combat Sports for Agency

WARREN, NJ, January 24 – Oleg “Alec” Savitsky, former USA National Combat Sambo Team coach, has joined IPZ as its director of combat sports, the company announced today.

“I’m extremely excited to join IPZ and lead its combat sports group,” said Savitsky. “I’ve spent my entire life and career within combat sports, and I see a tremendous opportunity for us to help these athletes reach their full potential on and off the combat stage. IPZ has laid the groundwork for its clients’ success, and together, I believe we will be able to provide the services that every combat athlete is looking for in representation.”

Savitsky enjoyed a successful career as a Combat Sambo competitor and MMA fighter. Known as one of the most accomplished American athletes within Combat Sambo, Savitsky is a three-time World Championship medal winner. In 2008, Savitsky was selected to be a coach for the USA National Combat Sambo Team.

Following his career as a competitor, Savitsky continued to be involved in the world of combat sports as a promoter, TV commentator, and talent scout. Savitsky is a licensed promoter and was at the helm of organizing, promoting, and running M-1 Global shows throughout the U.S.

His experience as a fighter and mentor has allowed him to travel the world and develop strong relationships and contacts with the top current and former athletes, coaches, and promoters.

“Today is a very exciting day for IPZ,” said IPZ Managing Director Jeff Curtin. “Alec is a fantastic addition to the IPZ team. Alec’s experience, reputation, and global connections within the world of combat sports will allow us to immediately enter the market. From the first day Bob (Zito – managing partner of IPZ) and I met with Alec, it was evident that his character, values, and vision were in line with ours. We’re thrilled to have him officially join our team and we can’t wait to begin working together.”

About IPZ: IPZ represents clients in sports, media, and entertainment, providing management, contract negotiations, consulting, public relations and marketing communications support. The company, an alliance with Zito Partners, is built on the integrity of its professionals, maintains a family focus, and provides whole life solutions for its clients. For more information, visit www.ipzusa.com.

About Zito Partners: Zito Partners builds, energizes and defends brands. A boutique firm representing a select group of clients from a range of industries, Zito Partners believes in a “ready, aim, fire” approach – understand the client…develop the appropriate strategy against the key target constituencies…and execute against the plan. And through its strategic alliance with Ketchum, Ketchum Zito Financial, Zito Partners is assisting additional clients with their financial communications needs. For more information, visit www.zitopartners.com.