Bellator released a statement earlier today upon hearing the news that the bill to legalize professional MMA in New York state has passed:
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.”
As to when Bellator will show up in the Big Apple, that is still to be determined.