Although Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is still a young sport, it’s a sport that has taken the entire world by storm. Nothing speaks to our base human nature more than two athletes locked in an octagonal cage beating the ever living shit out of each other.
But the UFC’s biggest hurdle since it’s inception, has been obtaining permissions to hold contest in certain states and arenas. UFC is a bloody and violent sport inside and outside of the octagon. Many top UFC athletes also have criminal records for domestic violence and assault. Because of the dangers of the sport, some states have not sanctioned the matches. Many top prize fights end up happening overseas or in Las Vegas. Now in the grand scheme of life, that’s not the worst thing to happen. But as a fan, this overseas nonsense is killing me. When Ronda Rousey went up against Bethe Correia in Brazil, I fell asleep during the last undercard fights (fights that happen before the main event) and almost missed Ronda’s incredible 34 second knockout. I’m an old lady, I don’t have the stamina to wait up all night so I can watch my favorite fighters do amazing things. Although, I have to say I’m glad I wasn’t awake for Connor McGregor’s last fight. Eye roll.
Dana White, president of the UFC and evil genius, has felt my suffering and his company has made the impossible… possible. UFC has been legalized in the state of New York.
We believe fight fans have waited long enough to experience live UFC events in the state of New York and we are thrilled to announce our first event at Madison Square Garden. – Lawrence Epstein
UFC and other fight promoters have been fighting a losing battle against the courts to allow regulated MMA matches to take place in New York. In August of last year – the proverbial third round – the UFC filed an appeal stating that NY’s restriction on MMA sports in the state is a violation of atheletes’ and fans’ first amendment right. I don’t even get how that works because I’m not a lawyer but I’ll buy it. Then, in September, UFC filed a new case in federal court reiterating the claim that the law preventing MMA in the state was out dated and no longer relevant.
After a continuous back and forth with state legislature and several trips to Albany, a vote was held in overwhelming favor of allowing the sport to take place in the Empire State.
The biggest roadblock toward the legalization of the sport in the Empire State — which still needs to go through the formality of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature and a review period by the state athletic commission before it becomes official — fell last Tuesday, after a wild day in the state Assembly finally ended in a one-sided vote in favor of the sport. – MMAfighting.com
UFC’s grand New York spectacular will take place in the only arena grand enough to house such an awesome show, Madison Square Garden. The title card fight will be a mega fight between former heavy weight champion Jon “Bones” Jones and current champion Daniel Cormier. If I had to pick a winner right now, I couldn’t tell you. What I can tell you is that New York based UFC fans are collectively wetting their panties at the idea of being able to see two octagon kinds to knock each other out over a very shiny belt. No future events have been announced thus far but please believe I’ll know where I’ll be sitting the day Ronda Rousey, one of the greatest athletes of my time, decides to bless the grounds of New York City.
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