The UFC is coming to NYC!

The UFC is coming to New York City , but not exactly.

Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport on the planet. This year alone the premier promotion the UFC will stage cards in Australia, Dubai, Germany and many cards throughout the United States. But in New York City, arguably the worlds largest market , mixed martial arts competitions are NOT LEGAL.

Thats right, dating back to the birth of the UFC, when there were basically no rules, no weight classes and the brutality was almost comical , the sport was banned in almost every state. Senator John McCain went so far as to call the sport “Human Cockfighting”.

But in 2001 Dana White and the Fertitta brothers bought the UFC and instituted serious reforms and rules that would establish mixed martial arts and the UFC as a legitimate sport. Since the purchase the sport has grown like wildfire , all along Dana White and Marc Ratner (former Nevada Athletic commissioner) have been crusading across the United States to get the state bans lifted. They have had great success but the State of New York is one of the last holdout states.

This weekend is UFC 111 and one of the biggest cards in mixed martial arts history, with two titles on the line and a magnificent lineup in general. The only problem is that the show will not be held at the mecca of sports Madison Square Garden but rather across the river in Newark, NJ of all places… at the Prudential Center. If I was a legislator in New York State I would be pretty upset about all the revenue the state is losing to New Jersey.

But in a shrewd business move the UFC will see some action this weekend in NYC. The card will have a live viewing on a huge HD screen at Radio City Music Hall. Prior to the start of the card some UFC stars including “The Iceman” will hold an autograph signing and a Q & A with fans live at Radio City. That is where I will be saturday night with all the other UFC goons. I can’t wait.

All of this momentum should help get the legislation passed and have some of the greatest athletes in the world compete on the worlds largest stage. New York City.

Check out the recent article in the New York Times

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