The UFC announced the date for their event in Utica on Saturday night, making it official that the world's largest mixed martial arts organization is indeed coming to the Adirondack Bank Center.

During the UFC broadcast on Saturday night, it was announced that UFC Fight Night is scheduled for Friday June 1st at the Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.

Statement from the Adirondack Bank Center:

With the help of Senator Joe Griffo and Garden Entertainment, UFC will make their stop in Utica just over two years since mixed martial arts (MMA) became legal again in the state of New York. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill on April 14, 2016, with help from Griffo in facilitating the process. New York was the last of all 50 states to legalize MMA. The first fight in New York since legalization took place on November 16, 2016, at Madison Square Garden, with Connor McGregor victorious over Eddie Alvarez.

“It is an honor to be able to host such a monumental event in such an historic building as the Adirondack Bank Center,” said CEO of MVG Robert Esche. “On the heels of the AHL All-Star Classic, the UFC announcement adds immensely to the momentum building at our venue.”

“We are pleased that the UFC has decided to bring an event to Utica and the Mohawk Valley,” said Senator Joe Griffo. “The Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium is an exceptional venue for this event.”

This event will be the seventh event in New York State since its legalization, and the first time UFC has ever come to Utica. The fight card and ticket information will be announced in the coming weeks.

 

It's the fourth UFC event in New York since the legalization in 2016.