Come for the black flies, stay for the mixed martial arts (MMA).
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White has put "Vacationland" on his radar, stating his intent to bring his combat sports promotion to Bangor, Maine, with a potential pay-per-view (PPV) or FOX-televised show at the 8,000 capacity Cross Insurance Center.
"I'm trying, and working with my team, to bring a UFC event to Bangor. The arena is new, it's all redone. The [Hollywood] casino is there now, and I'm doing everything in my power to try to bring the UFC here. I think it would be really big for the city to bring the UFC here. Obviously people fly in from all over the world for UFC events, plus it would be on television all over the world so it would be big for the city if I could pull it off."
White graduated high school in "The Pine Tree State" back in 1987.
A measure passed by the House and Senate back in 2009 established the "Mixed Martial Arts Authority of Maine" to regulate and promote MMA competitions, exhibitions and events with five governor-appointed members assigned to the authority.
Events became legally sanctioned on March 1, 2010, and to date have seen a bevy of regional promotions, including Bellator MMA, make their mark in the tip of New England. How long before ZUFFA can bring its UFC brand of cage fighting to Maine remains to be seen.