UFC has named Mick Maynard as vice president of talent relations, working alongside newly promoted senior vice president of talent relations Sean Shelby.

The appointments come as longtime matchmaker Joe Silva prepares to retire after more than two decades with the UFC.

Maynard was president and owner of Houston-based Legacy Fighting Championship, an organisation that helped launched the careers of UFC fighters from Holly Holm to Henry Cejudo and Sage Northcutt.

He will work alongside Shelby, a UFC veteran of 14 years, in organising UFC bouts, developing athletes on the roster, and scouting potential UFC talent.

“Joe Silva’s contributions to the UFC over the last 20 years were huge, and he played a big role in helping make the sport as big as it is today,” UFC president Dana White said.

“He left his mark on this sport and I wish him nothing but success in retirement.”

An Australian, Maynard began promoting mixed martial arts in 2006.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to delivering the action-packed, exciting fights that UFC fans have come to expect,” Maynard said.