that is awesome news!
i don't much about the Utah scene. i do remember Jeremy Horn has a gym is Utah, Elite Performance
. Horn is a veteran of 100 MMA fights, so if you ever got a chance to interview him he would have a wealth of knowledge on it. also, the Machado's have a jiu jitsu academy, SLCBJJ
, in Salt Lake City. the Machado's are cousins of the Gracie's and grew up learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu from the masters, Carlos and Helio Gracie. they would be great to interview or just talk to and learn from.
this CBS thing is kind of a big deal. MMA going primetime on a MAJOR channel. it shows how popular it has become and at the same time it's going to expose this sport to a whole new audience. and they have got some seasoned veteran fighters (Jake Shields, Robbie Lawler, Nick Diaz, for example) who are going to be great to watch. i would just visit their website
for all the info i could get.
i will help out any way i can, which is probably just sharing information. you will wanna visit some MMA sites too. Sherdog
and MMA Weekly
are two good ones. they are updated with news daily, and can be a great resource to learn what's going on in promotions all over the world. i would just stay out of the sherdog forums though. too many brats in there arguing, haha!