A nationally recognized venue for legendary, fight-of-the-year-level boxing events, Turning Stone Resort Casino will now become one of the very first venues in New York to host professional MMA fights. On Friday, October 14, MMA fans will experience an evening of the full-contact combat sport at the Turning Stone Event Center, the resort’s 5,000 seat arena. The October 14th event is presented by Combate Americas and Tuff-N-Uff, both making their east coast debuts at Turning Stone. All fights will be live on UFC FIGHT PASS® beginning at 7:30 p.m. and the professional fights will also be telecast live on BeIn Sports at 9:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale today, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. ET.
With a legacy of hosting some of the best events in the country, rivaling many venues in major cities such as Las Vegas, Atlantic City and New York City, Turning Stone has established Upstate New York as a premier destination for live sporting events.
“Turning Stone has become known for hosting some of most legendary live sporting events in the country, from golf to boxing, and now mixed martial arts,” said Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO. “On October 14, we will continue that legacy of bringing the best, most highly-anticipated events to our region.”
Led by CEO Campbell McLaren, also the co-founder/co-creator of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), Combate Americas will present the six action-packed professional fights of the event. Combate Americas is the first U.S. Hispanic MMA sports franchise in history.
“I am both thrilled and grateful to the people at Turning Stone that Combate Americas has been given the opportunity to bring professional MMA back to New York,” said McLaren, who executive produced and marketed the first-ever MMA event in the Empire State with UFC 7.
“This event has a great deal of sentimental value to me,“ continued McLaren, “and, on October 14, we are going to usher in a new era for MMA in New York with an incredible and memorable event featuring the kind of hard-hitting action that you can only find in the cage.”
Presenting six amateur fights on October 14, Las Vegas-based Tuff-N-Uff has presented the best amateur MMA action in the country, giving rise to the biggest star in the sport today, former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, as well as UFC and Strikeforce veteran Ryan Couture and UFC welterweight Alan Jouban.
“I am pleased to work with Turning Stone Resort Casino to bring the fastest growing sport in history to fight fans in the Empire State,” said Bryan Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Tuff-N-Uff. “Presenting the first MMA event at Turning Stone fits perfectly into our strategic plan to establish Tuff-N-Uff on the east coast and increase the number of shows per year. We are excited for October 14th! New Yorkers are going to love our talented athletes and the non-stop fight action of Tuff-N-Uff MMA.”
Located in Upstate New York, Turning Stone is an award-winning destination resort, offering world-class amenities including four hotels, more than 20 restaurants and dining options, two luxurious spas, a 125,000 square foot Las Vegas style gaming floor, a cabaret-style Showroom, a 5,000 seat arena, five pristine golf courses, several bars, cocktail lounges and nightlife venues.
Tickets for the October 14 MMA event at Turning Stone go on sale today, September 2 at 10:00 a.m. ET and can be purchased in person at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877.833.SHOW, or online at Ticketmaster. Tickets are $75 for ringside, $65, $50 and $35 and may be subject to additional fees. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Additional details for the October 14th MMA event at Turning Stone, including the list of fighters, will be announced shortly.
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