Bellator MMA announced earlier today that they partnered with NASCAR and Monster Energy to have a boxing ring in the midway on racedays.
Hours later, that statement from Bellator was retracted, despite being retweeted numerous times on Twitter, with the words “details to come”.
The initial announcement from Bellator mentioned that the boxing ting would be at the All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, The Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, the Alabama 500 at Talladega Superspeedway in October, and the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Here is the first announcement:
Bellator partners w/ Monster Energy & NASCAR for series of fights at select races during the 2017 season starting in Charlotte pic.twitter.com/FwLxLgDN1U— Chris Pursell (@VegasandVine) April 3, 2017
Bellator and Monster Energy have had similar activations across Monster Energy AMA Supercross in recent years.
NASCAR has released a statement about this new deal.
“NASCAR does not have a partnership with Bellator.”
This announcement comes off the heels of the Joey Logano and Kyle Busch incident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
On April 4th, Bellator MMA re-released the press release that has no mention of NASCAR. However, it mentions that this is a Monster deal, not a NASCAR deal. Bellator mentioned that they would be part of the fan-activation on the midway, exclusively for those at select tracks, which have yet to be released.