UFC President Dana White promised the organization would put a show on in Madison Square Garden at some point in 2013 and is in a much better position to deliver on his guarantee this morning than he was yesterday at the same time. Legal representatives from Zuffa and New York met in court yesterday to argue over the State’s ban on the sport where it was determined the two sides should settle rather than continue litigation.
According to a report on Fightline, the ruling came after the Attorney General’s office agreed amateur MMA should be allowed in New York with oversight from a third-party commission while Zuffa’s side stated, as such, the same should be true on the professional side of things. The judge seemingly agreed and directed the parties toward settlement.
“We’ll take it. We’d rather have the state lift the ban and we go that route first, but we’ll know in the next two months if that’s going to happen,” explained Zuffa representative Timothy Bellamy, stating they would go the third-party route if necessary.
The loophole in the policy, as well as the admission of the State regarding things, should allow the UFC to promote a card in New York before the end of the year.