According to a March 19 report from Bellator, Bellator MMA Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney says his promotion will look to produce and promote four events per year in the Big Apple when pro MMA events are finally sanctioned in the state.
"Bellator MMA, with our partners at Spike TV, will look to promote and produce 4 events per year, each and every year in New York when professional Mixed Martial Arts events are finally sanctioned by the State. MMA is the world’s fastest growing, most exciting sport, and the incredible athleticism displayed by its athletes is second to none. We are focused on displaying this great sport and its athletes to the legions of MMA fans in New York, while helping to generate millions of dollars of revenue through hotel rooms, local market employment, meals and tax revenue for New York’s state and local businesses,” said Rebney.
Currently, New York is one of just two states where pro MMA is still banned. However, a new amateur MMA promotion debuts in New York on March 23. Fighter's Source will hold their debut event at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. This event crept up on New Yorkers without much warning, but it's apparently legal so long as there are no pros competing.
"Fighters Source events in NY will be regulated by the USA MMA KI Federation, which is also a sanctioning body for more than 25 states including the state of Nevada. We are confident in our relationship with our sanctioning body, USA MMA KI Federation," said Fighters Source CEO Anthony Medina. "Fighters Source will follow all rules and guidelines set forth by the USA MMA KI Federation. Fighters Source events will always have a fight doctor and EMS at the event. Fighters Source will always have proper event and bout insurance coverage for all of our events. Fighters will need to get blood work done and have a quick physical examination from our fight doctor before they enter the cage."