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St. Charles committee turns down MMA event

Published: Monday, May 5, 2014 10:32 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, May 5, 2014 11:07 p.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES – City aldermen Monday could not support an all-ages mixed-martial arts event proposed for the city’s west side.

The city’s Government Operations Committee voted 9-0 in favor of denying amplification and an E-2 liquor license for the event, which is planned for June 14 at the Fox Valley Harley Davidson Dealership, 131 Randall Road, St. Charles.

The aldermen on the committee had various concerns about the event, including Phantom Fight Promotions’ plan to hold the event outdoors and that alcohol would be served to those age 21 and older contained in a separate area.

“I can’t condone any use outside if there’s going to be families there,” 4th Ward Alderman Jim Martin said. “I’ll be voting no anyway.”

Rob Tovar, one of Phantom Fight Promotions’ three partners, spoke Monday before the committee. Tovar said the company would return to St. Charles when the proposal goes before the City Council.

Tovar plans to revise his proposal and make the event for those age 21 and older, but still be held outdoors.

“Our Plan B is to hold this event in the city of St. Charles,” Tovar said to a reporter after the committee’s vote.

The next St. Charles City Council meeting is scheduled for May 19.

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