Photos by William McKee, article by Eric Kowal
A two-day fan festival was held at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, New York, October 3 and 4.
Legends of the sport packed the fairgrounds for what would be an unforgettable weekend put on by MMA Signatures and AMJ Expo Group. The event, the first ever MMA Classic Fan Fest.
UFC Hall of Famers Dan Severn and Mark Coleman were on hand as well as UFC founder Art Davie and four fighters who fought on the very first UFC card back in November 1993.
Stars, vendors and fans poured into the arena for seminars, autographs, photos, interviews, and even once in a lifetime opportunities such as a roast of Dan “The Beast” Severn, and a UFC 1 viewing party.
MyMMANews was joined by UFC women’s bantamweight Ashlee Evans-Smith. Also, strawweights Claudia Gadelha, Felice Herrig and Carla Esparza stopped by.
Other fighters in attendance were: Efrain Escudero, Joe Riggs, Butterbean, Emanuel Yarbrough, Brian Ebersole, Art Jimmerson, Pat Smith, Gary Goodridge, Don Frye, Gerard Gordeau, Paul Varelans, and Enson Inoue.
In the coming days interviews with Ebersole, Evans-Smith, Severn, Coleman, Davie, Sean Wheelock, Burt Watson, and several others will be made available.
Below are photos by MyMMANews photographer William McKee. Please feel free to download and share.