Long Island’s Kenny Foster finally makes Empire State debut at CES NY

After more than 30 total MMA bouts, New York’s Kenny Foster finally makes his home state debut at CES MMA New York on May 4 in Westbury, N.Y. Before that, the eight-time Bellator MMA vet sat down with FightBookMMA.

How different would your career be if you weren’t based out of New York?

We’re in the Mecca of MMA. I think from Boston to Philadelphia is really the best training and hottest spot you could be as a fighter. I wouldn’t be nearly as skilled as I am or have fought the competition I have if it weren’t for being right here. I wouldn’t have had the exposure I have if I wouldn’t have been here.

How many fights have you fought in New York state?

Zero (laughs).

How exciting is your home state debut at CES NY?

Dude. It’s going to feel good to be on the home team, I know that. It’s nice to be able to promote yourself and sell some tickets. It opens the door to local sponsorships. Stuff like that that I’ve never been able to get. Even with my stint with Belator – I had a couple of televised fights, but what did I really have to offer a local business? Now, I’m local. It means a lot to fight at home.

Is there more pressure at home, or is it business-as-usual when you step in the cage?

Nah, not at all. This will be my 32nd fight, amateur included. Now, it’s just exciting as hell. It’s exciting to fight at home. No pressure.

Have you thought about how much longer you’d like to compete as a fighter?

I’m 32 now, but I’m constantly inspired by guys like Yoel Romero. I honestly don’t feel it’s a young man’s sport. It takes a long time to gain all of this knowledge and learn all of these disciplines. I honestly feel I’m kind of a late bloomer. I feel smarter, wiser, I’m in the best shape of my life. I know how to use the tools I’ve got now than I ever did before. I feel like I still have lots of years left in the tank.

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