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July 7, 2022

Ep. 30 - Sanjay Thakur, Verdict MMA

Ep. 29 introduces you to Sanjay Thakur, co-founder & CEO of Verdict MMA, which is the engagement platform for Mixed Martial Arts.

Hear him discuss:

  • How a controversial judge’s decision in a UFC fight sparked the idea for Verdict, which started as a passion project with his high school friends
  • Why MMA as a sport is known for its passionate fans, and how Verdict was able to tap into that passion to acquire over 100k users
  • Verdict’s recent launch of real-money fantasy sports, and why it made sense for them now despite the relative maturation of the DFS space
  • Being a niche operator focusing on a single sport, and resisting the temptation to expand horizontally to other sports
  • Getting ex-UFC fighter Ben Askren involved as an investor, who he “spoke to on a Monday… by Friday we had a wire transfer”
  • His vote for MMA GOAT (spoiler alert: Sanjay is Canadian and the episode was recorded on Canada Day!)


Learn more:

➡️ Verdict MMA website

➡️ Sanjay Thakur on Twitter and Linkedin