It's hard to believe that Bellator MMA held its first event way back in 2009. Spending its formative years as a Spanish-language broadcast, there was an understanding that evolution was needed to break into the mainstream despite their budget restraints. After the Viacom takeover handed them a more competitive budget, they moved onto Spike TV in 2013. These two factors have helped Bellator establish themselves as the clear number two promotion in mixed martial arts.
Their second foray onto pay-per-view, Bellator NYC will be their first visit to the world's most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. They're not holding anything back, putting together a deep card that has something for everyone.
Three titles are on the line at The Garden, with the lightweight, welterweight, and light heavyweight titles all being defended. The most hyped prospect in years makes his pro debut on the main card, whilst two old foes finally settle a rivalry that's been brewing for years in the main event.
Throw in a big heavyweight fight in the co-main event, and here's why Bellator NYC is a must watch, even if you're trying it out for the first time.