NEW YORK NY - JANUARY 13: Dean Murray New York State assemblyman speaks at the podium as Scott O'Neil Frankie Edgar and Dana White (L-R) look on during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)
"We're so close. It's going to happen, and I guarantee you it's going to happen this year. It's going to depend on when it happens, timing and everything else, but obviously, it would be nice to go in there with, probably, Jon Jones."
Strong words from promotion president Dana White, who tells MMA Fight Corner he "guarantees" that mixed martial arts (MMA) will be sanctioned in the state of New York by the end of 2012. Zuffa LLC, parent company of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), recently filed suit against the "Empire State," calling its ban on cage fighting "unconstitutional," limiting "the liberty of those who would, but for the ban, attend live professional MMA events, as well as those who train in MMA and want to exhibit their skills as professionals before a live crowd." Perhaps the courts were able to convince the powers that be they had to get with the times? Or is this just White being a tough-talking promoter? Time will tell. More on New York's MMA ban here.