Professional mixed martial arts is coming to Turning Stone Resort Casino.
Turning Stone will be one of the first venues in the state to have an MMA event, according to a news release. The competition is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Turning Stone's 5,000-seat Event Center.
After a decade-long effort, New York voted to lift the ban on mixed martial arts in March, becoming the 50th state to allow the sport. New York's measure took effect Thursday.
Professional mixed martial arts had been banned in New York since 1997. Since then, the sport has become more regulated and more accepted. The state is requiring $1 million insurance coverage under regulations slated to go into effect in September.
Combate Americas, the first U.S. Hispanci MMA sports franchise, will present six professional fights Oct. 14 at Turning Stone in Verona. Las Vegas-based Tuff-N-Uff will also present six amateur bouts. The fights will be also be shown live on UFC FIGHT PASS.
“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,” Oneida Nation Representative and Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter said in the release. “On October 14, we will continue that legacy of bringing the best, most highly-anticipated events to our region.”
Tickets for the event are on sale at the Turning Stone Box Office, by calling 877-833-SHOW or at Ticketmaster.com. Ringside tickets are $75, with others set at $65, $50 and $35 and may be subject to additional fees. Doors are scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 14. Additional details for the event — including a list of fighters — will be announced later.
Other MMA events are also planned this year in New York. Ultimate Fighting Championship, the sport's largest promoter, has events planned for Nov. 12 at New York City's Madison Square Garden and a Fight Night card on Dec. 9 at the Times Union Center in Albany. According to a release on UFC's website, more events will be planned throughout the state, including in Utica. No other events have been announced.