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BAMMA USA Official Statement Regarding Badbeat 13 Cancellation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SANTA ANA, CA–June 14, 2014–For the first time in the history of BAMMA USA, which has successfully hosted more than 20 mixed martial arts events in four years, an entire fight event has been cancelled.

On June 12, 2014, the Seven Feathers Casino in Eugene, OR, the venue for the Badbeat 13 fight event, deemed the entire event cancelled, citing BAMMA USA’s business practices as its reasons.

“We know that business in California and Oregon has to be done differently, and we gladly accommodated everything they asked for and played by all their rules,” Brett Roberts, CEO of BAMMA USA, said, “We were very excited to bring our event to the pacific northwest.”

BAMMA USA had obtained a surety bond, its promoters license was in approval process with the Oregon State Athletic Commission, OSAC, and its fight card was signed and fighters were in place.

“We had fighters scheduled for medical approval June 9 and 10, our staff was scheduled to travel to Oregon from Los Angeles on June 11, we had everything set to roll,” Roberts said.

The fight promotion insists that it prides itself on honesty and constant communication. It has never cancelled a fight event, and its fighters and business associates respect and trust the promotion for its reputation.

“We were in constant communication with the casino every step of the way,” Roberts said, “I don’t cancel events. Unfortunately in Oregon, venues can make that decision over our heads.”

BAMMA USA apologizes to its fighters, fans and other business associates affected by this cancellation.

“Like I said, I don’t cancel events. It’s not in my nature. I am upset beyond belief and will move forward to and continue to bring some of the best fights to the west coast. My team and I won’t allow something like this to take away from the sport we all love so much. Thank you to all those who have fought for us in the past, and to those who will fight for us in the future and especially all the fans of BAMMA USA. We will continue to do what we do best and that is putting on the best fights possible. That’s just what we do,” Roberts said.

All facts can be verified through the Oregon State Athletic Commission by calling (503) 378-8739.

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