They're gonna do it! The UFC could be on its way to Wisconsin after state officials recently signed Senate Bill 290, effectively regulating the sport of mixed martial arts in "The Badger State."
Our good friends over at Wisconsin Combat Sports reported the good news earlier today.
As with most new markets that know a good thing when they see it, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner joined the celebration in a move that could see the world's largest fight promotion come to Milwaukee as early as this year.
From the Zuffa Veep:
"Wisconsin has been on our radar for a long time,. I would say that it is very possible (to hold a UFC event) before the end of the year or early first quarter of 2011. We’re serious about coming here. The one venue that I’ve spoken with is the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. Probably our first fight would happen there. But we also like Madison, we like Green Bay, there is a lot of possibilities in this state."
Ratner, along with UFC President Dana White, has been ratcheting up the economic rhetoric and financial success of its mixed martial events in hopes of using the economic benefits of live shows to influence states who may be on the fence.
Massachusetts has also joined the party following the approval of MMA in Pennsylvania, putting more pressure on the self-righteous blowhards in New York to shit or get off the pot.
It may just be a matter of time, but for now, Wisconsin can enjoy the revenue from a live UFC event while Wisconsinites can get their fight fix in their own backyard.