MMA Battlers' chief executive Chris Yates.
MMA Battlers' chief executive Chris Yates.

MMA Battlers event has new home

THE Capricorn Coast's newest major event now has a "home", at least for the next two years - and possibly longer.

The Mercure Capricorn Resort at Yeppoon and Australia's richest mixed martial arts tournament MMA Battlers have reached agreement for the twice-a-year event to be held at the resort until the end of 2015.

MMA Battlers' chief executive Chris Yates met with the Mercure Resort's director of sales and marketing Raelene Ohlson last week to shake hands on the deal.

The new agreement means four tournaments - the first of which will be held on June 13-15 - will be hosted by the resort, with the potential for more beyond 2015 should the collaboration prove successful for everyone.

Mr Yates said the magnificent Mercure Resort fitted in perfectly with one of his organisation's aims - to spread the word far and wide that the Capricorn Coast was an area of outstanding natural beauty with exceptional facilities and to encourage visitors and holiday-makers to see what it had to offer.

He said the deal with the resort also emphasised that the MMA Battlers event was here to stay and "could achieve some really good things for the local community".

"MMA Battlers will bring traffic to the Capricorn Coast. Let's show them what we've got," he said.

"Lots of events take place and then disappear - but MMA Battlers is not just a one-off. "It may go on for years," Mr Yates said.

"And importantly, in that time we'll be doing some really good things in the community."

He said the event had already recorded a number of achievements that some people had felt it might be unable to do, such as bringing on board as partners organisations such as Queensland Tourism, Capricorn Enterprise and the Mercure Capricorn Resort.

"Reaching this agreement means we've now ticked all those boxes," Mr Yates said.