ST. CHARLES – City alderman Monday once again turned down a MMA event planned for June because of concerns about the event being held outdoors and giving the city an unfavorable image.
The St. Charles City Council voted 2-5 in favor of holding the event. Only 1st Ward Alderman Dan Stellato and Ron Silkatis voted in favor of the event. Second Ward Aldermen Art Lemke, 3rd Ward's Todd Bancroft and 5th Ward's Ed Bessner were absent from the council's regular meeting.
The city’s Government Operations Committee on May 5 voted 9-0 in favor of denying amplification and an E-2 liquor license for the MMA event planned June 14 at the Fox Valley Harley Davidson Dealership, 131 Randall Road, St. Charles. Phantom Fight Promotions on Monday came to the council with a revised 21-and-over event instead of all ages.
Rob Tovar, one of Phantom Fight Promotions’ three partners, said he understood the council's concerns, but insisted the fight wouldn't taint the image of the town. He said he still is in talks with the Harley Davidson Dealership and might try to propose another fight to St. Charles or another city for a later date in the summer.
"We're going to wake up tomorrow and submit another [different] proposal," Tovar said outside the council chambers after the vote. "We're not done yet."
Fifth Ward Alderman Maureen Lewis said the city spends lots of time and energy making sure fights don't break out outdoors, yet the promoter came before council to ask for that very thing.
"I'm sorry you didn't move it indoors," Lewis said before the vote.
St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina did not vote on the issue, but he told the council he was in favor of holding the event in the city. He noted that that the proposed MMA bout was not different than other MMA events that have been held in the city in the past, except that it was to be held outdoors.