MMA fights coming to the Bakersfield Fight Club

Posted at 6:09 PM, Oct 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-28 21:09:23-04

The first rule of fight club is, you do not talk about fight club.

But today in Bakersfield, it was the talk of the town.

"It's going to draw people to Bakersfield," said MMA fighter Brian Cobb.

A new venue to watch Mixed Martial Arts fights, right here in Bakersfield.

"Nobody wants to fight in a back alley or you know, an old broken down gym, you know? they want to fight in a top-notch facility like this," said Cobb.

The Bakersfield Fight Club will be bringing in some of the best fighters to scrap it out in our city.

"These are fighters who come from wrestling, karate, muay thai, jiu jitsu background," said promoter, Roy Eenglebrecht.

Professional fighters, like cobb said there's a need for a venue to watch pro-m-m-a events in Kern County.

"People just want to see good fights. They want to see a well-promoted, well-maintained fight with fighters who are professional and go out and lay it all on the line."

500 seats wrapping around a six-angled cage, sitting on what used to be home to the Bakersfield Jam.

But in April, the team was sold to the Phoenix Suns.

"I'm 99.9% closed on a deal with one of those teams," said owner, Stan Ellis, during a press conference in April. 

But on Thursday, he said things didn't go as planned.

"We had about 4 teams on the hook. We were negotiating, we couldn't quite get the deal that we wanted," said Ellis.

Now - a new venture and a new look... promising to be the next big thing.

"It took a while but people want to jump on that bandwagon because it's such a growing sport, it's such a popular sport," said Cobb.

Tickets to the Bakersfield Fight Club opening night on January 27th go on sale on November 15th here.

For season seats, suites, VIP lofts and sponsorship information, contact Teresa Howard office (661) 615-6550 or emailing