New York is one of just six states in the nation that still has not legalized mixed martial arts.
But Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, held a press conference at Madison Square Garden today where he announced his determination to change that this year.
Over the last year the UFC has held events in England, Germany, Australia, Abu Dahbi and Canada. It plans to return to Brazil this year for the first time in a decade.
“This sport is global, and we think it’s time we should be able to hold events in New York,” said UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta said.
White predicted the UFC would hold two events in New York during their first year of regulation and that the events would have generate a $23 million windfall for the state.
Two current UFC champions, Toronto’s George St. Pierre and New Jersey’s Frank Edgar, train frequently at gyms in New York City.
Here’s the economic impact study the UFC commissioned for New York. Remember to add salt.
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