Having hosted some of the most legendary events in boxing, Madison Square Garden has often been referred to as, "The Mecca of Boxing." Following the legalization of professional MMA in the state of New York last year however, MSG made history by hosting its first MMA event in November: UFC 205.
World Series of Fighting followed suit in December, bringing one of their own events to the iconic arena on New Year's Eve.
This June, Bellator MMA will become the third MMA promotion to visit "the world's most famous arena" with #BellatorNYC, as MSG begins a rapid transformation into “The Mecca for MMA” as well, according to Joel Fisher, Executive VP of Marquee Events and Operations.
It's been almost a year since the bill was signed by Governor Cuomo in Madison Square Garden itself that would allow professional mixed martial arts competition to take place in the state of New York. After that, the UFC brought one of their greatest events to date to the same arena last November that saw Conor McGregor crowned as a two-division champion, and broke records for the venue.
The following month's WSOF event on New Year's Eve not only set the promotion's own ratings record, but resulted in them being awarded a citation by New York State Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara.
Fans have wondered and waited for a while but come June, Bellator MMA hopes to break some records of their own by holding Bellator 180 and a pay-per view event dubbed #BellatorNYC in Madison Square Garden.
“Clearly New York MMA fans have a strong appetite for mixed martial arts,” said Fisher at the press conference. “It is sure to be another marquee event here on June 24.”