Ed Soares navigating the cage – Ep. 93

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Navigating the Cage of Business Travel: A Conversation with Ed Soares, CEO of LFA

In the latest episode of our business travel podcast, I had the privilege of hosting a true powerhouse in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Ed Soares. As the CEO of Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA), a rapidly ascending MMA promotion nestled in the heart of Southern California, Ed Soares embodies the essence of a multifaceted entrepreneur. But there’s more to his story than meets the eye; he’s not just a CEO, but also a manager of MMA fighters and the driving force behind the operations at Blackhouse MMA gym.

However, beyond the glitz and glamour of the fight game, Ed Soares is a devoted husband and father to two remarkable daughters. The spotlight of business travel shines on his life, demanding a delicate balance between home and professional responsibilities, especially when he’s on the road for approximately 120 days each year.

In this gripping episode, Ed and I delve into the intricate web of challenges posed by the ongoing lockdown situation that has gripped the world. Discover how this unexpected twist of fate has affected the meticulously planned MMA events under Ed’s purview. Moreover, gain insight into how technology has emerged as a savior for travelers, transforming the landscape of business travel, and learn about the innovative airport programs that are revolutionizing the experience of jet setters worldwide.

Join us as we embark on this thrilling journey through the world of MMA and business travel, guided by the wisdom and experiences of Ed Soares, a true titan in the MMA industry.


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LFA gives rising stars and top contenders the opportunity to prove their talent to fans and leaders in the industry. Soares has been involved in the mixed martial arts industry since 1998, with the apparel line called Sinister Brand. Sinister became a sponsor of MMA fighters. Later, Soares co-founded his management company Tough Media Corp and his MMA gym Black House MMA, which have guided and facilitated the careers of some of the most legendary fighters in the sport. In 2017, Soares led the merger of RFA and Legacy FC that created LFA.


He is the former owner of the clothing company Sinister Brand, and is a business manager for approximately 20 MMA fighters, including former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Lyoto Machida, former UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, former UFC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo, former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho, former UFC Heavyweight title-contender Pedro Rizzo, former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, his twin brother UFC Light-Heavyweight Antônio Rogério Nogueira, former StrikeForce Light-Heavyweight Champion Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante, He also often serves as a translator for his fighters in post-fight interviews.

Additionally, Soares is co-founder of the Black House MMA fighting team, where many of his fighters train. As he is the manager for several of the highest profile fighters in mixed martial arts, he is currently considered one of the most influential managers in the sport.

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The Travel Wins podcast is hosted by Pete Kotzbach, a 30+ year veteran of sales and sales management, talking to people that also travel for their work. A business traveler speaking with other business travelers sharing ideas, hacks and tips for surviving life on the road and in the air.