UFC predicts two NY events in first year of regulation, $23 million impact

source: mmajunkie.com

In a Thursday press conference held at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden, UFC president Dana White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta made their intentions known loud and clear.

The UFC re-affirmed its plans to see through the legalization of mixed martial arts in the state of New York, and according to UFC brass, MMA fans can expect the Empire State to host at least two events – including one at Madison Square Garden – within the first year of legal promotion in the state.

"This sport is global, and we think it's time we should be able to hold events in New York," Fertitta said.

"I've spent a lot of my carer around professional athletes, and I've never seen anything like a saw that day," O'Neil recounted. "We cant wait for this to be sanctioned here."

New York assemblyman Dean Murray, who was also on hand, said he has already contacted Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in hopes of the inclusion of MMA regulation on the state's upcoming budget – a step Murray said would streamline the entire process.

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Gonads of Kirik site profile image  

1/13/11 5:05 PM by Gonads of Kirik

This is why the UFC has been the greatest org in the world, people have been trying to get this done for years with 0 success.No other promotions in the world could have gotten it done.Hate all you want but this sport is only growing because of the UFC.

Bobby Lupo site profile image  

1/13/11 5:05 PM by Bobby Lupo

 same old hacks. Wasn't Ray Kelly the Boxing and Wrestling commisioner before he became the police commisioner? The MSG show would be cool. Nassau Colleseum would be the douchiest gathering in the history of the world.

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1/13/11 4:56 PM by jittaz


Hong Kong Phooey site profile image  

1/13/11 4:49 PM by Hong Kong Phooey

 MMA @ MSG !

Billyz site profile image  

1/13/11 4:47 PM by Billyz

my dream! out of curiosity what jobs would be created by MMA specifically being sanctioned? Or would they just use the same guys they use for boxing.

Jonny Quest site profile image  

1/13/11 4:39 PM by Jonny Quest

hopefully this is the year!

Sagiv Lapkin site profile image  

1/13/11 4:13 PM by Sagiv Lapkin


Chris site profile image  

1/13/11 4:11 PM by Chris

will be a good thing for MMA

C1010 site profile image  

1/13/11 3:49 PM by C1010

Goddamit, its needs to happen this year!