UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has revealed to the promotion that he plans on stepping down from his position as early as the end of the year, according to a report by MMAJunkie.
The longtime company executive profited from the $4 billion sale of the UFC earlier this year, allowing him to comfortably retire. According to the report, Silva’s reason for stepping down is to spend more time with his family and not due to any issues with the new owners of the organization.
Silva, who prefers staying out of the limelight, has been with the UFC since 1995, six years prior to Zuffa’s acquisition of the company in 2001. His integral job as a matchmaker entails a lot more than meets the eye as he explained in a 2013 interview with MMAJunkie.
The UFC has not yet officially announced Silva’s resignation and, as of now, it is unclear of who will fill his position. The promotion’s only other matchmaker is Sean Shelby who was responsible for managing all weight divisions below lightweight.