New York, even with it's rich history with combat sports, is one of the few remaining states that still doesn't sanction Mixed Martial Arts. The UFC has been dreaming of hosting an event at the Madison Square Garden for quite some time now, and as if they needed more reason to sanction it the sport, Lorenzo Fertitta just promised to put a mega-event for their New York debut.
MMA Fighting has it:
"When we come [to New York]," he said, "we're going to blow it out. We're going to put on a ridiculous UFC 100-style card, stacked, big, open to the public weigh-ins, press conferences, after-parties, the whole deal. Everybody will be there. This is going to be an event that will remind you of 1971 when Ali fought Frazier for the first time and every celebrity in New York had to be there.
"The biggest problem that I'm going to have is going to be where to sit everybody and who gets seats and who doesn't. It's going to be crazy."
When can this happen? Well Lorenzo says that if the bill gets passed by June, he will "move mountains" to get an event up come Fall.
This has been long overdue New York, let's make it happen.