The sports television world lost one of its most accomplished figures when Bruce Connal passed away on Thursday, March 1, 2018.
In a decades-long career he produced hundreds of top-tier sporting events, included the Stanley Cup. But it is his twenty years as the executive producer for the Ultimate Fighting Championship for which many in the sports and fight community will best know him.
In those two decades with the UFC he produced nearly three hundred live events and played a key role in shaping the sport of Mixed Martial Arts into the mainstream presence that it is today.
His loss has been felt keenly not only at the UFC, but across the sports landscape, including here at GLORY Kickboxing.
Bruce’s sister Catherine ‘CJ’ Chalverus is the US Production Manager for GLORY Kickboxing and a core part of the GLORY family.
We feel her pain at the passing of her brother and we send our deepest condolences to all of Bruce’s friends and family. We hope it is some small comfort at this painful time to see the many tributes made to Bruce and how widely and hugely liked and respected he was.
GLORY CEO Marshall Zelaznik worked alongside Bruce for ten years at the UFC and has many fond memories of him.
“One thing I really remember about him was that he was always smiling, no matter what was going on. Even in the most stressful of situations Bruce was able to make jokes and lighten the mood,” he recalls.
“When he showed up on fight night, it was like ‘OK, now the cavalry is here. With Bruce in the truck you knew it was going to be all-pro and that the show would run like clockwork and be amazing.
“Since he passed, so many people have talked about how much they learned from working with him. That’s a legacy which will live on. There is no question that he made his mark in life and has set the bar very high for his successor.”
Bruce Connal passed away on March 1 after a very short illness, comfortable and surrounded by his loved ones. He was 61 years old.