No, New York legislators haven’t signed off on pro MMA in the state just yet, but the UFC has announced that it plans to hold a card in Madison Square Garden on April 23rd, 2016. How about that?
According to the official announcement, the promotion has:
“filed a new case in federal court, reiterating its claim that the New York law banning MMA events is unconstitutional. This out-of-date law is too unclear for the public to understand, and has allowed regulators in New York to pick and choose arbitrarily what events they will permit. Events featuring every combat sport except MMA seem to be allowed in New York, though this is not explicitly stated in the law. The statute, and the state’s pattern of enforcing it, violates the Constitution’s prohibition on unconstitutionally vague laws.
Later this week, UFC will ask a federal judge to issue a preliminary injunction against New York state officials enforcing its unconstitutional law. Without such an injunction, the event at Madison Square Garden will not be able to proceed”.
No other details, in terms of who might fight at the event were announced. But, one would think the promotion will look at stars from the region like Frankie Edgar, Chris Weidman, and Jon Jones (if he’s back competing by then) for the event.
Hopefully this all pans out.