Mixed martial arts was legalized in the state of New York earlier this year, opening the door for any and all licensed promotions to host an event in the Empire State.
But while the UFC and World Series of Fighting have both booked their debuts in New York, Bellator MMA — arguably the No. 2 MMA promotion on the planet — has yet to make plans for its arrival.
“We’re continuing to talk to them, and I know we have a couple of dates on hold,” Bellator President Scott Coker said (h/t MMA Fighting). “But as far as the fight [that we’d bring], we want to bring the right fight there. I think if we could have put it together this fight [Davis vs. McGeary] would have been one of the big fights on the card. We’re going to wait, and when we do it we’re going to do it right.
“And for me there’s no timetable, whether it happens in the first quarter of next year or in the summertime. But when we come, I can assure you, we’re going to bring our guns when we come to New York.”
The UFC debuts Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, bringing with it some of the biggest fights of the year including Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor, Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson and Chris Weidman vs. Yoel Romero.
WSOF, meanwhile, plans to bring four different title fights — including champions Justin Gaethje, Jake Shields and Marlon Moraes — to The Theater at MSG Dec. 31