The MMA WORLD EXPO is a 2-day conference and expo designed for the mixed martial arts community, its fans, practitioners, suppliers and stars. Launched in 2009, the event has been held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Midtown, Manhattan and features an exhibition hall displaying a wide variety of MMA vendors, service providers, gyms, educational sessions for MMA business owners, general interest MMA lectures, hands-on MMA training, live tournaments, celebrity appearances and autograph sessions and more. Past celebrities and notable guests have included professional athletes: Renzo Gracie, Wanderlei Silva, Matt Hughes, Jon Jones, Fabricio Werdum, and trainers: Kru Phil Nurse, Marcelo Garcia, Ricardo Liborio, Vitor Shaolin Ribeiro and NYS Athletic Commission Chairwoman, Melvina Lathan. M-1 Global's Executive Director, Evgeni Kogan. Notable past vendors have included: Everlast, Combat Sports, HDNet FIGHTS, Vitamin Shoppe, Zebra Mats, MET-Rx, 5-Hour Energy, US Army. The event founder and organizer is Paul Paone.