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Dana White guarantees MMA will be sanctioned in New York this year

One of the UFC’s primary goals in 2012 is to overcome the adversity they’ve faced getting MMA sanctioned in New York and finally put on a show there, likely at Madison Square Garden based on the historical significance and location. And, to hear UFC President Dana White talk about it, the odds appear to be in favor of such a thing occurring at some point sooner than later.

White recently discussed the cause’s current status where he was not only enthusiastic about their chances but already has a fighter in mind for headlining action.

“Real close,” White replied when asked how far away MMA in NY was in a conversation with MMA Fight Corner. “It’s going to happen and I guarantee it’s going to happen this year.”

Based on the uncertain nature of exactly the “when” would actually occur it’s clearly impossible to have a match-up already made for the UFC’s eventual debut in the Big Apple. However, White knows who he’d prefer to book for the card’s main event.

“It would be nice to go in there with, probably, Jon Jones,” the hard-working head honcho revealed.

Jones, the transcendent UFC light heavyweight champ, hails from Rochester, New York.

Currently the hang up preventing MMA’s sanctioning in New York relates to a handful of State politicians who feel the sport is too brutal as well as what is believed to be a butting of heads between the culinary union and Zuffa based on an issue with the lack of union workers at Fertitta-owned Station Casinos.

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC