Brian Butler-Au | Managing Partner

For 12 years Brian owned and operated a full service ad agency on the east coast. Working globally with international cliental as well as major US clients such as the NFL, NHL and several fortune 500 companies, Brian has now turned his focus into sports management and marketing. “I was so surprised to see how fast the sport was growing but how green the infrastructure of the business was for the athletes. The opportunity presented itself to come into this space and make an impact for the athletes and the sport so I took it.” Taking a major leap of faith Brian shut the doors on his ad agency in 2009 to focus on building a new company, SuckerPunch Entertainment. In just a few short years SuckerPunch Entertainment is one of the most recognized management companies in the sport today.

    • Born: May 18, 1971 | Hong Kong
    • Weight Class: 155lbs.
    • Bruises kinda easily, Kinda quick, Can go for a solid 2 rounds before age catches up with him.
  • Marketing, Business Development, Sponsorships, Contract Negotiation, Athlete Representation.

Bryan Hamper | Managing Partner

In 2005 Bryan founded Blue Chip Management and has managed athletes in the NFL, PBR, and all major organizations in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts., Bryan also worked as the Marketing Director for Periphery Marketing Group in Maryland and was in charge of PR and Marketing for clients such as US Olympian Cary Kolat and his brand Kolat Wrestling Camps. “Over the years we established a solid working relationship with SuckerPunch and have found our business ideology is very similar so joining forces for the betterment of all of our clients was a natural progression. I am looking forward to what the future holds for everyone with SuckerPunch.”

    • Born: Sept 13, 1983 | Baltimore, MD
    • Weight Class: 185lbs or 205lb, depending…
    • HS: 2x State Champion & All American (Wrestling). College: Conference champion and NCAA Qualifier
  • Marketing, Business Development, Sponsorships, Contract Negotiation, Athlete Representation.

Shu Hirata | Managing Partner

Shu Hirata brings an impressive management resume as well as a global network throughout the Asian and European market. Since 2008, Shu has served as an overseas representative for the DEEP organization and is responsible for all sponsorship dealings and TV licensing sales for this ten-year old MMA promotion based in Tokyo, Japan. Now with SuckerPunch Entertainment Shu rounds out a very impressive team of managers earning SuckerPunch the nickname “MMA Supergroup” from

    • Born: Jan 1, 1968 | Tokyo, Japan
    • Weight Class: 170lbs
    • Hawaiian swimming champion and NCAA Division I athlete, Shu understands, the dedication, discipline and commitment involved in carrying out any goal.
  • Marketing, Business Development, Sponsorships, Contract Negotiation, Athlete Representation.

Tiago Okamura | Operations

With fluent english and portuguese added to great work ethic Tiago has been able to build (and most importantly sustain) connections that very few brazilian based managers have been able to do. Thruout this years Tiago has traveled across the world because of the sport and has developed important connections which will help expand Sucker Punch´s reach making it a truly worldwide management company.

    • Born: June 22, 1985 | Sao Paulo, Brazil
    • Weight Class: Middleweight
    • If you have a question about a prospect Tiago will have the answer.
  • Operations, Athlete Recruitment

Jeff Parrish | Operations

Jeff handles day to day operations for SuckerPunch clients. Contact Jeff for scheduling PR, Media, travel and appearances for SuckerPunch clients.

    • Born: Dec 5, 19..? ;)| Boise, ID
    • Weight Class: fluctuates… a lot.
  • Operations


Nathan Ewing | Legal Counsel

Nathan is an accomplished lawyer specializing in corporate and transactional work. Nathan has been practicing law for the past 3.5 years and played an instrumental role as a consultant in the passage newly enacted MMA statue in Illinois unifying the rules. Nathan has drafted all of the contracts for Extreme Challenge, LLC and Extreme Challenge Management, serving as Monte Cox’s MMA legal advisor for the past 12 months.
Nathan was recently nominated as a top 40 lawyer under 40 to watch in The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for 2009.

    • Born: May 19, 1977 | Sheridan, IL
    • Weight Class: Fat
    • Started training about 3 days ago and owns anyone in the 12 and under division… owns it! Tell your kids, don’t even try. Except for Megan over at Team Curran Martial Arts, she just turned 13 and tapped me via “Cankle lock”… Lil rug rat! Ill be back!
  • Business Development, Contract Negotiation, Licensing.

Kevin Harrison | VP of Interactive Marketing

Kevin is the founder of Eastwood Media and brings a wealth of knowledge in online marketing strategies. Kevin is constantly developing new ideas to better expose our clients to the target audience and bring value to the sponsors.

    • Born: June 30, 1967 | Johnson City, TN
    • Weight Class: 185lbs.
    • Stealthy and catlike, almost like he had no training at all.
  • Marketing, Interactive Development, SEO.