One of the biggest stories from this past year in the world of MMA was the legislation to allow the sport in New York. For years this has been a hard fought process that was finally shown the light of day early in the spring. While many of the top promotions will be vying for a multitude of events in the “big apple” one company has already placed their mark. World Series of Fighting CEO Carlos Silva mentioned before that he had big plans for the promotion and with the full backing from NBC and owner Ray Sefo that’s becoming a reality. During a very busy weekend for combat sports WSOF came under the radar with a sneaky good announcement. Every year they place their best fighters in the cage for all to see on the big NBC affiliate and this time around it’s going to help ring in the New Year. The promotion is set to hold an event in Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve which is truly monumental. Give kudos to WSOF for solidifying a date following the biggest promotion in the sports lead to give us one NYC filled winter to look forward to. The official details of the announcement are in the press release ahead.
On the heels of the historic and long-awaited passage of legislation making professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bouts legal in New York State, World Series of Fighting (www.WSOF.com) tonight announced that it will bring its star-studded, championship fight series to Madison Square Garden along with a live broadcast of the show on NBC, on Saturday, December 31, pending the approval of the New York State Athletic Commission.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring our exciting, world championship live event series to The Big Apple, where fans have been anxiously waiting for years, for live, professional MMA action to be able to happen in their city,” said World Series of Fighting CEO Carlos Silva tonight, during the live NBCSN telecast of WSOF32: Moraes vs. Hill II.
“We have been working diligently,” continued Silva, “with the staff at the New York State Athletic Commission as well as the executives at Madison Square Garden to complete all of the necessary steps to make this historic and great event happen on New Year’s Eve.”
Participating fighters and featured matchups for the New Year’s Eve extravaganza at Madison Square Garden are being worked on by World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo, and will be announced soon.
The event will mark the second live World Series of Fighting broadcast on NBC, which has also been airing one hour, taped programs featuring a collection of the league’s top fights and highlights, twice annually since 2013. To date, the league has aired 31 live events on NBCSN.