Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady is bringing back ‘Cage Wars’ in an evening of MMA-style entertainment.
The event will return to the New York facility on 11 March, having previously sold out a series of similar competitions. The most recent event, Cage Wars 50, took place on 21 January and featured 13 fights in the octagon-shaped ring.
The upcoming event will feature a similar number of fighters to the previous shows, with the combatants selected from a raft of local and regional cage-fighting amateurs. Members of the audience will be able to place bets on the fights while viewing.
Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady, which first opened in 2017, features a large events centre, 1,150 slot machines, 67 table games and a 165-room hotel.
Alongside cage fighting events, the facility has recently announced its upcoming entertainment schedule leading up to the summer.
Music quartet, The Oak Ridge Boys (13 March), country singer, Aaron Lewis (15-16 April) and Melissa Etheridge (17 June) are among some of the performers on the upcoming slate.
MMA events have continued to grow in popularity over the past decade or so, led by professional organisations such as the UFC and Bellator. So much so, gambling and MMA brands have entered into financial agreements of increasing amounts of late.
In March 2021, DraftKings entered into a $350m deal with the UFC, acquiring promotional and sponsorship rights for the next five years.