The sport of mixed martial arts is currently banned in the state of New York. So why is UFC President Dana White booking a date and fight card for Madison Square Garden in Nov. 2013?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has secured a date for its 20th anniversary supershow at Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City in Nov. 2013. In addition, the world's largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion already has a fight card planned for "the world's most famous arena."
Now all they need is legislation.
Despite UFC President Dana White's master plan, the sport of MMA is still banned in the "Empire State," thanks to the "scumbag gangster union guys" who've made a career out of cock-blocking the UFC when it comes to Manhattan cage fighting.
From the UFC 155 post-fight media scrum:
"I plan on being in New York in 2013 for the UFC's 20th anniversary. That's my goal. We're working hard on it like we always were. Our goal is to get into New York in November for the 20th anniversary at Madison Square Garden. We got a card planned. We got some stuff planned. We just gotta get past these scumbag gangster union guys. We'll see what happens."
Ever since the state of New York imposed a ban on MMA in 1997, ZUFFA officials have been trying to somehow reverse it to hold an event in the "city that never sleeps." In fact, for the last four years, White, the Fertittas and several fighters on the UFC roster have been lobbying for the ban to be lifted.
The ban remains intact, despite the positive economic impact that a live MMA event would have on the state and surrounding areas. But these recent comments, along with forward-looking statements about locking up a date at MSG, suggests the UFC may have something up its sleeve.
For more background on the MMA ban in New York click here.