What do you think has changed in the 7 years BNO has been away?
The sport has grown exponentially both in competitors and fight fans, allowing us to pick competitors from a larger pool of high level gyms in the gulf coast area, as well as better serve a larger number of fans while doing so. How did battle of New Orleans #25 go to you? BNO #25 was a great success. We ended up almost doubling our expected attendance numbers. I think the crowd really enjoyed the event and the fighters brought it. We had so much happen last minute, like the cage coming in the day of the event, that made fight night a little hectic, but we expect all bumps to be smoothed out by BNO #26 on Nov. 3rd and there will be 2 lines, one for advance sales and one for door sales this time!
What do you think of the state of local MMA?
Its a booming industry right now. Louisiana is producing some of the top athletes in the world and we are excited to provide them with a packed venue to show off their skills. We have some extremely high level guys opening gyms and spreading their knowledge to those coming up in the sport. Gyms like Gracie United, Gladiators Academy, Nola BJJ, Mid City Martial Arts, Gold Dragon, Allen Belchers MMA, Eric Graham MMA, Mushin, and so many more. My apologizes if I’m forgetting anyone.
What sets BNO apart from other MMA promotions?
Not only do we put on some of the best fights in southern Louisiana, but we set the mood for an exciting night and a party environment for all of those involved. New Orleans is a weekend destination. Our fighters bring their family and friends to watch them compete on Friday night, and end up spending the whole weekend enjoying great food and the cultural amenities the city of New Orleans is so famous for. Its a whole fight experience. We hand pick our competitors and deal only with outstanding characters both in the gym and in their community. Without the support of the sponsors, loyal fans, passionate staff, and outstanding fighters, this event would not be possible.
What do you think about the 185 champion TJ Landry’s pro debut?
I was very impressed. Kyron (Bowen) is the real deal. He’s a legitimate challenger for anyone at 185 lbs and he came to fight that night, But TJ was able to get the job done, sink in the choke, and finished him in the second round. Warren Donley did a great job with matchmaking on this one.