It’s been a long time coming for fans of MMA, as the sport is nearing acceptance on a professional level in New York.
With news of a bill passing through to the Governor on Tuesday, Bellator MMA made sure to show its acceptance over the matter.
Below is a press release from Bellator:
Today, the State of New York passed legislation that will allow the sport of mixed martial arts to emanate from the “Empire State.”
Bellator MMA President Scott Coker had this to say regarding the landmark announcement:
“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.”
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) March 22, 2016