Mike Russell is creating independent investigative journalism.
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As of September I have been a mixed martial arts journalist for 12 years. I have reported for The Fight Network, Fox Sports, UFC.com, UFC Magazine, Fight Magazine, Fighters Only Magazine, Fight World Magazine, Fight Authority Magazine, The Vancouver Sun and CagePotato.com among other outets.

My last paying gig was with Yahoo! Sports where I briefly contributed to the site's CageWriter page. I quit and launched my website when it became abundantly clear that my name and reputation was being used to peddle clickworthy material presented to readers as being newsworthy. Rather than become part of the problem, I chose to move on and create my own site blissfully unaware how impossible it would be to secure funding to support my work without invasive advertising and employing ad and data brokers like every major mainstream site does.

My first investigative series I tackled after launching  realfightstories.com was a three-year dive into the egregious safety record of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission and its executive director Pat Reid and corruption that helped hide and protect the perpetrators from being taken to task for a pattern of negligence and wrongdoing.

For two years Reid and the ECSC dismissed me and my claims as being untrue and threw water on my reporting by claiming that lawsuits were being considered.

In June 2017 I was vindicated from these false claims against me that I was a peddler of fake news by Tim Hague's death after I proved he should not have been allowed to fight as he should have not been medically cleared in Edmonton. It was bittersweet considering it only took a death for me to be taken seriously by Edmonton who denigrated my work as being of little value as I was what they termed as a "blogger" in spite of my body of work and track record as a muckraker who put feet to flames demanding answer and positive change. 

In the year since I wrote this story, my investigation prompted Edmonton to dig deeply into Reid's track record, which led to him being fired due to the negligence they were able to verify had taken place. Edmonton Police are looking at the possibility of criminal charges finally and Tim's family will soon be launching a multi-million dollar lawsuit against various responsible parties. I will be assisting their legal team with the case.



My second RFS series was a deep investigation into the past and present questionable and criminal acts by MMA manager and former World Series of Fighting VP and matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz. That series will soon be released as a multi-episode serial investigative podcast.

Here is the preview:


The goal of this campaign isn't just to make money, it is to start a movement to change the perception of what MMA journalism should entail.

If you are a fan of my work, please join me in changing the way this sport is covered. I can't do it without you.

If I am able to support my work full time I am hoping to bring on other like-minded reporters to make a go of this on a much needed more regular basis.

Thank you for your support.

MR

Tiers
Audiophile
$5 or more per month
Backers at this tier will get all of the audio investigative podcasts created by RFS including the forthcoming multi-episode Ali Abdelaziz documentary series.
Sights and sounds
$10 or more per month
Backers at this tier will get all of the investigative audio podcasts created by RFS including the forthcoming multi-episode Ali Abdelaziz documentary series, as well as access to all related documents and evidence.

They will also have access to Patron-only content including our weekly RFS episode discussion and community chats as well as access to the forums on realfightstories.com.

In addition, Sights and Sounds backers will receive two ballots in our weekly draw for signed UFC memorabilia.
The art of investigative journalism
$15 or more per month
Backers at this tier will get all of the investigative audio podcasts created by RFS including the forthcoming multi-episode Ali Abdelaziz documentary series, as well as access to all related documents and evidence.

They will also have access to Patron-only content including our weekly RFS episode discussion and community chats as well as access to the forums on realfightstories.com.

In addition, they will receive three ballots in our weekly draw for signed UFC memorabilia.

Last but not least, Patrons who choose this tier will receive a hand signed and numbered fine art-style MMA-themed postcard print mailed to them every month.
Truth teller
$25 or more per month
Backers at this tier will get all of the investigative audio podcasts created by RFS including the forthcoming multi-episode Ali Abdelaziz documentary series, as well as access to all related documents and evidence.

They will also have access to Patron-only content including our weekly RFS episode discussion and community chats as well as access to the forums on realfightstories.com.

In addition, they will receive five (5) ballots in our weekly draw for signed UFC memorabilia.

Patrons who choose this tier will also receive a hand signed and numbered fine art-style postcard print mailed to them every month.

Truth Tellers will also receive a RFS t-shirt after 4 months of patronage.
Patron of the arts
$50 or more per month
Backers at this tier will get all of the investigative audio podcasts created by RFS including the forthcoming multi-episode Ali Abdelaziz documentary series, as well as access to all related documents and evidence.

They will also have access to Patron-only content including our weekly RFS episode discussion and community chats as well as access to the forums on realfightstories.com.

In addition, they will receive ten (10) ballots in our weekly draw for signed MMA memorabilia.

Patrons who choose this tier will also receive a hand signed and numbered fine art-style MMA-themed postcard print mailed to them every month.

Patrons of the Arts will also receive a RFS t-shirt after 2 months of patronage.
As of September I have been a mixed martial arts journalist for 12 years. I have reported for The Fight Network, Fox Sports, UFC.com, UFC Magazine, Fight Magazine, Fighters Only Magazine, Fight World Magazine, Fight Authority Magazine, The Vancouver Sun and CagePotato.com among other outets.

My last paying gig was with Yahoo! Sports where I briefly contributed to the site's CageWriter page. I quit and launched my website when it became abundantly clear that my name and reputation was being used to peddle clickworthy material presented to readers as being newsworthy. Rather than become part of the problem, I chose to move on and create my own site blissfully unaware how impossible it would be to secure funding to support my work without invasive advertising and employing ad and data brokers like every major mainstream site does.

My first investigative series I tackled after launching  realfightstories.com was a three-year dive into the egregious safety record of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission and its executive director Pat Reid and corruption that helped hide and protect the perpetrators from being taken to task for a pattern of negligence and wrongdoing.

For two years Reid and the ECSC dismissed me and my claims as being untrue and threw water on my reporting by claiming that lawsuits were being considered.

In June 2017 I was vindicated from these false claims against me that I was a peddler of fake news by Tim Hague's death after I proved he should not have been allowed to fight as he should have not been medically cleared in Edmonton. It was bittersweet considering it only took a death for me to be taken seriously by Edmonton who denigrated my work as being of little value as I was what they termed as a "blogger" in spite of my body of work and track record as a muckraker who put feet to flames demanding answer and positive change. 

In the year since I wrote this story, my investigation prompted Edmonton to dig deeply into Reid's track record, which led to him being fired due to the negligence they were able to verify had taken place. Edmonton Police are looking at the possibility of criminal charges finally and Tim's family will soon be launching a multi-million dollar lawsuit against various responsible parties. I will be assisting their legal team with the case.



My second RFS series was a deep investigation into the past and present questionable and criminal acts by MMA manager and former World Series of Fighting VP and matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz. That series will soon be released as a multi-episode serial investigative podcast.

Here is the preview:


The goal of this campaign isn't just to make money, it is to start a movement to change the perception of what MMA journalism should entail.

If you are a fan of my work, please join me in changing the way this sport is covered. I can't do it without you.

If I am able to support my work full time I am hoping to bring on other like-minded reporters to make a go of this on a much needed more regular basis.

Thank you for your support.

MR

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Tiers
Audiophile
$5 or more per month
Backers at this tier will get all of the audio investigative podcasts created by RFS including the forthcoming multi-episode Ali Abdelaziz documentary series.
Sights and sounds
$10 or more per month
Backers at this tier will get all of the investigative audio podcasts created by RFS including the forthcoming multi-episode Ali Abdelaziz documentary series, as well as access to all related documents and evidence.

They will also have access to Patron-only content including our weekly RFS episode discussion and community chats as well as access to the forums on realfightstories.com.

In addition, Sights and Sounds backers will receive two ballots in our weekly draw for signed UFC memorabilia.
The art of investigative journalism
$15 or more per month
Backers at this tier will get all of the investigative audio podcasts created by RFS including the forthcoming multi-episode Ali Abdelaziz documentary series, as well as access to all related documents and evidence.

They will also have access to Patron-only content including our weekly RFS episode discussion and community chats as well as access to the forums on realfightstories.com.

In addition, they will receive three ballots in our weekly draw for signed UFC memorabilia.

Last but not least, Patrons who choose this tier will receive a hand signed and numbered fine art-style MMA-themed postcard print mailed to them every month.
Truth teller
$25 or more per month
Backers at this tier will get all of the investigative audio podcasts created by RFS including the forthcoming multi-episode Ali Abdelaziz documentary series, as well as access to all related documents and evidence.

They will also have access to Patron-only content including our weekly RFS episode discussion and community chats as well as access to the forums on realfightstories.com.

In addition, they will receive five (5) ballots in our weekly draw for signed UFC memorabilia.

Patrons who choose this tier will also receive a hand signed and numbered fine art-style postcard print mailed to them every month.

Truth Tellers will also receive a RFS t-shirt after 4 months of patronage.
Patron of the arts
$50 or more per month
Backers at this tier will get all of the investigative audio podcasts created by RFS including the forthcoming multi-episode Ali Abdelaziz documentary series, as well as access to all related documents and evidence.

They will also have access to Patron-only content including our weekly RFS episode discussion and community chats as well as access to the forums on realfightstories.com.

In addition, they will receive ten (10) ballots in our weekly draw for signed MMA memorabilia.

Patrons who choose this tier will also receive a hand signed and numbered fine art-style MMA-themed postcard print mailed to them every month.

Patrons of the Arts will also receive a RFS t-shirt after 2 months of patronage.