After hosting several successful fights through New England Fights, the Androscoggin bank Colisee is stepping up to the big time in the mixed martial arts world.
In a release early Friday, Bellator MMA, one of the largest MMA companies in the world, announced that it will hold a major event at the Colisee on March 21.
“We are always looking to bring Bellator MMA to new markets, and the historic Androscoggin Bank Colisee will make a fantastic host to our March 21 event live on Spike TV,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney said in the company’s release. The event will be televised live on Spike TV, and will feature the $100,000 Welterweight Tournament Finals, the Bellator debut of Kickboxing World Champion Michael Page, and the return of longtime MMA veteran and Maine native Marcus Davis.
With victories over Pete Spratt, Chris Lytle and Paul Kelly, the Bangor native has established distinguished resume during his MMA career. Known as “The Irish Hand Grenade,” Davis is aware of what this opportunity means for his career.
“Having the chance to fight for a promotion like Bellator in front of my friends, family and fans is a dream come true,” Davis said. “It’s great to find a new home and fight for one of the biggest promotions in the world.”
NEF owners, Massachusetts attorney Nick DiSalvo and Maine state rep. Matt Peterson (D-Rumford), will work closely with Bellator on the event.
“For the sport of MMA to reach the level it has in Maine, where you now have one of the top promotions in the world coming in to run an event, that’s just a real testament to how far the sport has come here in Maine,” Peterson said in the release.
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at TheColisee.com, the Androscoggin Bank Colisee box office or by phone (207-783-2009). Tickets range from $40-$125. The event will broadcast live starting at 10 p.m. on Spike, as well as in Spanish language on mun2. The preliminary card will be streamed live and free on Spike.com starting at 8 p.m.