Award-winning journalist, Susan Cingari, has over twenty years of experience in newspaper, radio and television broadcasting. Cingari started her career at CNN and was one of the first video news reporters and producers hired by FOX NEWS. Based in the Southeast, she covered the Caribbean and Central and South America, directed hundreds of breaking news segments, and served as a medical reporter and sports reporter.
Cingari has worked as a freelance writer, reporter, host and producer for countless top-tier media outlets and notable national television shows, such as Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, The Doctor’s, Rachel Ray, EXTRA, Inside Edition, Lifetime, CNN, Fox News, CBS, FOX Sports, BBC, America’s Most Wanted, Travel Channel, Latin Access, Current Affair, MTV, Discovery and many other well-known cable, network and multimedia shows.
Throughout her illustrious career, Cingari has covered some of the nation’s major news events, high-profile trials, newsworthy feature stories, glamourous red carpets and countless celebrity interviews. She has reported on a broad range of stories with a strong focus and emphasis on sports and entertainment. Cingari’s strong ties with top-tier sports and mainstream media outlets have translated into unparalleled visibility for the athletes she interviews and the organizations she works for.
Cingari has reported on a variety of sporting events and teams including the Miami Heat, Miami Dolphins, the Daytona 500, NASCAR Races at the Homestead Miami Speedway, two World Series and five Super Bowls. She has interviewed dozens A-list athletes (short list) such as Shaq, Dan Marino, Jimmie Johnson, Reggie Bush, Boomer Esiason, Shannon Sharpe, Emmitt Smith, Helio Castroneves, Dwayne Johnson, Anna Kournikova, Sammy Sosa, Roger Penske, Barry Bonds, Hulk Hogan, Olympic Gold Medalist Gary Hall Jr, Coach Pat Riley, Jeff Gordon, Greg Norman, Serena Williams, Andy Roddick, Goose Gossage, Mike Piazza, Dwight Gooden, Lenny Dykstra, Tim Hardaway, Brian Cox, Pudge Rodriguez, Qudry Ismail, Jason Seahorn, and a few boxing greats and coaches including Oscar de la Hoya, Roberto Duran, Antonio Tarver, Paulie Malignaggi, Ana Julaton, Howard Davis Jr, Angelo Dundee, Jorge Masvidal, Chop Chop Corley, Dat Nguyen, Dr. Alan Fields, Jimmy Williams and Deniz Ilbay.
How did such a multi-faceted journalist become so laser focused on the world of MMA? It was a cancelled interview with a female Olympic wrestler that led Cingari to what she considers true journalism destiny. After that cancellation, strength and conditioning coach, JC Santana of The Institute of Human Performance in Boca Raton, Florida, suggested doing a story on up-and-coming MMA fighter Micah Miller – brother of UFC fighter Cole Miller. One step inside American Top Team’s training facility in Coconut Creek along with some guilt-free binge-watching of The UFC’s flagship reality series “The Ultimate Fighter,” and Cingari was hooked. She saw her fascination with the sport as a unique opportunity to re-brand as an MMA reporter on a mission to spotlight fighters’ stories on their incredible journeys within the sport.
Since shifting her focus to MMA, Cingari has interviewed MMA notables including Dana White, Tito Ortiz, Rory MacDonald, Chael Sonnen, Anthony Johnson, Ken Shamrock, Patricio Pitbull, King Mo, Liam McGreary, Jeff Mayweather, Frank Mir, Chuck Liddell, Scott Coker, Carlos Condit, Matt Hughes, Marlos Moraes, Oluwale Bamgbose Gleason Tibeau, Tecia Torres, Nick Hein, Hayder Hassan, Daniel Weichel, Jessica Aguilar, Antonio “Big Foot” Silva, Thiago Alves, Nick Hein, James Vick, Soa “The Hulk” Palalei, Marloes Coenan, Malikawa, Cole Miller, Leonard Garcia, Mike Pyle, Alex Caceres, Ian McCall, Demetrious Johnson, Herschel Walker, Bobby Lashley, Keith Jardine and Nate Marquardt.
In recent years, Cingari has found a new niche reporting on Bare Knuckle Boxing, the fastest growing sport in America today. She covers the fights hosted by the organizations Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, BYB Extreme, Valor and others. As this sport is increasing in talent and fanbase worldwide, Cingari and her team are there covering breaking news, pay-per-view fight events, post-fight interviews and fighter storylines on her flagship social media platforms, Bare Knuckle News, Must Love MMA and Susan Cingari TV. She has interviewed many veteran and debut bare knuckle boxers, coaches, promoters, matchmakers and announcers including David Feldman, Mike Vasquez, Dada 5000, Nate Shook, Jeff Houston, Sean Wheelock, Pat Miletich, Chris Lytle, Chris Leben, Bec Rawlings, Britain Hart, Chad Mendes, Keon Wilson, Mike Perry, Mark Godbeer, James “Lights Out” Lilly, Conor Tierny, Luis “Baboon” Palomino, Jim Alers, Reggie Barnett JR, Artem Lobov, Arnold Adams, Bec Rawlings, Christine Ferea, Chris Leben, Chris Lytle, Joey Beltran, Lorenzo Hunt, Tom Shoaff, Alan Belcher, Julian Lane, Mike Richman, Jake Botswick, Rachael Ostovich , Arnold Adams, Elvin Brito, Zach Calmus, Quinten Henry, Chris Sarro, Travis Thompson, Joe Elmore, Marcel Stamps, Leonard Garcia, Sam Shewmaker, Uly Diaz, Anthony Rumble Johnson, Josh Burnett, Hector Lombard, Lavar Johnson, Dakota Cochrane and former WWE star Jack Claffey.
Thrilled with her role in the growth of the exciting sport of Bare Knuckle Boxing, Susan Cingari’s dedication to her craft and the fighters shows every time she winds up interviews with fighters using her signature tag line, “No one beats us to the Punch!”