The UFC promised to bring at least two events to New York within the first year that mixed martial arts is regulated in the state and touted the sport’s economic impact at a Thursday press conference at Madison Square Garden in New York City featuring UFC President Dana White, Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, and lightweight champ Frankie Edgar.
“It’s time to bring the fastest growing sport in the world to New York and Madison Square Garden,” White said. “We already know that New York is filled with UFC fans who want to see live UFC events in their home state. With the economic benefits that UFC would bring to New York, it’s time for UFC to do Madison Square Garden.”
“By bringing UFC events to New York, the state will see a positive financial impact” of up to $23 million along with hundreds of jobs, White said, citing a new economic study. “The arenas will get to host major UFC events and local hotels, restaurants, and other businesses will attract new customers. They’ll look forward to the times we bring UFC to New York.”
Legislation to allow the New York State Athletic Commission to regulate MMA was included in the Executive Budget, passed the State Senate, and passed the New York Assembly Tourism Committee and Codes Committee for the second year in a row, but has failed to be approved so far.
MMA is currently regulated in 44 other states, including nearby Pennysylvania, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, which hosts UFC 128 in March.
Pictured: Lorenzo Fertitta