The UFC last hosted an event in New York, the site many consider the mecca of sports, in 1995 with MMA being banned in the State two years later. Now, New York is considering passing a bill potentially allowing MMA’s return, and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta couldn’t be happier.
Fertitta says that his fight promotion will make a statement if (and when) they are allowed to host a show at Madison Square Garden.
“When we come, we’re going to blow it out. We’re going to put on a ridiculous UFC 100-style card, stacked, big, open to the public weigh-ins, press conferences, after-parties; the whole deal,” said Fertitta in an interview with MMAFighting. “This is going to be an event that will remind you of 1971 when Ali fought Frazier for the first time and every celebrity in New York had to be there.”
Lawmakers in New York are currently discussing the bill with the next deadline to pass it coming in July. Fertitta believes that if it is approved by June the UFC would, “move mountains to get something done by fall.”
MMA’s issue with receiving a green light in New York seemingly stems from ignorance on the part of lawmakers as well as the Culinary Workers Union fighting against it based on a separate issue with Zuffa, the parent-company of the UFC.
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