MALTA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — At the Eddie Fyvie Gym, there are plenty of awards and medals that hang on the walls. Most of them belong to the local champion fighter, Matt Secor, but he’s never had the chance to legally fight in his hometown.
He might soon get that chance at the Times Union Center.
“Put me on the card and we’ll sell that place out,” Mixed martial arts fighter, Secor, said.
That’s Secor’s plea to the Ultimate Fighting Championship with their first ever Capital Region event rapidly approaching on Dec. 9. Tickets go on sale this month.
Secor has been fighting and winning for nearly nine years, but up until a new legislation was signed in April, fights were banned in New York State. Secor has had to travel to get his trophies.
“No one has seen me fight in a hometown,” Secor said. “You either have to fly or travel at least five hours to watch me fight.”
With the new law allowing fights to now happen in New York, Secor wants to make sure he gets in on the action.
The UFC’s December event would be the first time Secor had the chance to fight on home turf.
“It’s been 20 years,” Secor said. “It was illegal in New York State, so it would be a dream come true to fight in front of my hometown fans.”
He has a proven fan base and a proven record.
“I’m eight and three in my record,” Secor said. “I finished seven of the opponents. I’m four in one in my last five fights. I fought tough guys and won tough fights, my last opponent was a UFC multi-time UFC vet.”
He just has to get the UFC’s attention from his gym in Malta, which he’s hoping to do through social media.
“I get about 50 to 100 messages a day saying, ‘Are you on the card, Are you getting on the card,’ we want to get tickets,” Secor said.
The hometown hero says giving a local fighter a spot on the card would not only be good for selling tickets at the TU Center, but also for local fans.
“It’s huge to say, hey, this guy did it, anything is possible and it might not even be in MMA or Jiu Jitsu, just in life in general,” Secor said. “I think anything is possible with just hard work and dedication, and I have literally dedicated my life to this sport.”
If you want to help Secor capture the attention of the UFC, it’s really simple.
It can all help him get on that ticket at the Times Union Center.