MMA is coming to New York

MMA is coming to New York

Photo: Edward Carbajal

Photo: Edward Carbajal

By Edward Carbajal

03/22/2016


If you haven’t heard by now, fight fans in New York are celebrating the ban on MMA being lifted. The New York State Assembly passed the bill lifting the ban on MMA after hearing long arguments from the few that still opposed the bill allowing professional MMA in New York. The governor still has to sign off on the new bill and since he has already included it in his budget proposal, the only thing fight fans, promoters, and fighters are waiting on is a date and a venue.

Once news broke, the UFC held an executive press conference call to thank those that supported the bill and let fans know they will follow up with their plans for Madison Square Garden and the rest of the state. Lorenzo Fertitta pointed out that the UFC is not the only winner in the ban being lifted as the bill being passed benefits the sport and all participating promotions.

One of the promotions he mentioned was Bellator MMA. They also released a statement from President Scot Coker on being able to bring MMA to New York:

Image:Bellator.com

Image:Bellator.com

The New York Assembly’s vote to legalize MMA is a watershed moment for this incredible sport. As someone who has been promoting combat sports for more than 30 years, this is a very exciting time for mixed martial arts. We at Bellator MMA are very much looking forward to hosting an event in the ‘Crown Jewel of America,’ New York. Two Bellator champions, Liam McGeary and Marcos Galvao call New York home and I know it means a great deal to the both of them, as it does for the entire promotion. We’ve already been in contact with the great people at the Barclays Center and several other incredible venues, and we can’t wait bring our world-class athletes and action-packed shows to an arena in the Empire State soon. -Scott Coker

The first event for the UFC still may be in Madison Square Garden but considering no promotion could book anything prior to the bill allowing the sport to take place, booking dates could take a while. Frontproof Media will keep you posted.


Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.

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