The American Fight League on Friday announced its next event, entitled “Bulletproof,” is scheduled for May 30 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta. The promotion received approval this week from the Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission.
Philips Arena is the largest venue in Georgia with a seating capacity of up to 21,000. The AFL’s event will be the first mixed martial arts event to be held there.
“Its an amazing opportunity for the AFL,” said CEO BJ Santiago. “I know that other MMA organizations, big ones, were turned down, so we feel especially grateful to the folks at Philips Arena for allowing us in. The Georgia Athletic and Entertainment Commission has been very helpful to us. We have their support and they know that they fully have ours. It’s just a great opportunity for us to give back to charities in another city and help American mixed martial arts wipe a little more of the bad stigma off it’s face in the process.”
Earlier this week, the promotion announced that it had added Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Dan Christison and World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Chilo Gonzalez to its roster.
Both fought on the AFL’s March 7 event in Lexington, Ky. Christison defeated John LeBlanc by TKO in the second round, while Gonzalez scored probably the most impressive win of his career, submitting UFC veteran Rory Singer by kneebar in the round one.