UFC Holding December Date in New York After Speaker Resigns

March 7, 2015
Comments off

After a seemingly endless struggle, could 2015 be the year that mixed martial arts gains sanctioning in New York?

He’s said it before, but he’s saying it again, this time with much more gusto: UFC president Dana White is “confident” this is the year.

“You’ve heard me say this many times, and I’m going to say it again: I’m very confident it might happen this year,” White said in an interview on AXS TV’s Inside MMA on Friday night.

“You want to know how confident I am? We’re holding a date. That’s how confident we are.”

> SEE ALSO: Dana White More Confident Than Ever for UFC in NYC in 2015 (video)

Year after year, a bill to legalize mixed martial arts in New York has blown past the necessary hurdles… until the time comes to bring it to a vote on the Assembly floor.

LFertittaDWhiteUFC100_4618-750Despite surveys of New York politicians that show overwhelming support for the measure, each and every time the legislation gets close to a vote, it has been swept into a corner with old musty boxes piled high atop it never again to see the light of day.

The UFC’s owners, the Fertittas, have been locked in a battle with the Las Vegas Culinary Union for years, having to do with the Fertittas’ casino business. And since they haven’t been able to work things out, White believes it has been union pressure that had kept New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver from ever allowing MMA legislation to come to the floor for a vote.

“It’s a union thing. It’s a Las Vegas Culinary Union situation,” said White. “You can pick up the paper and read about it and you’ll understand why we didn’t get into New York. It was blocked by (Silver), and now he’s got bigger problems than the UFC, so hopefully we can get through it.”

Silver was arrested on Jan. 22 on federal charges of corruption. He later resigned his position as Speaker. With that happening, White is confident that the new Speaker will finally allow MMA legislation, which has once again begun to clear the necessary hurdles, to be brought up for a vote this year. If that happens, he’s confident it will pass.

“(UFC execs) went up (to New York) and they had great meetings. Every time we’ve gone up there, it’s been really positive,” said White. “Everybody up there loves the UFC. Everybody wants to see it happen. Hopefully now, with the recent events that have taken place, maybe it’ll get done this time.”

As White said, he is so confident that New York will end its hold out as the final state in the union to legalize MMA, the UFC is holding a date for Madison Square Garden in December. While interview Kenny Rice mentioned somewhere around Christmas several times in his questioning, White didn’t give up a specific date, he just reiterated that he was confident they could be in New York in December, which would cap off what has been the promotion’s strongest starting year to date.

“I don’t want to be cocky, but we’re being confident. Imagine if we can do that this year,” he said. “We’re already having the greatest year in the history of the company out of the gates here, and if everything holds together, people stay healthy, fights stay in place, we’re in for an unbelievable year and that would be a great way to top it off.”

Follow MMAWeekly.com on FacebookTwitter and Instagram

  • Sadstrangelittleman

    Great that MMA might come to NY but @MMAWeekly – Come on guys stop with the double articles, this is the exact same info as the other one minus the video

    • shakejunt

      that’s just their level of journalism here. no use trying to help them out, they don’t seem to care.

      • Sadstrangelittleman

        Not trying to “help” them. Stating a fact, but thanks for explaining how this site works to me.

  • shakejunt

    at the “welcome to the show” conference, weidman was asked about a potential fight with jones and he said he’d be down if it was in msg (to which jones responded with a fist bump). too early to talk about chris moving up, but either way it’s great to see two ny guys willing to step up for the fans.

    • cheflacsto

      Weidman needs to stay healthy and do some work in his own division. I think Jon would destroy him. He looked tired against Machida, a small LHW and couldn’t finish him. Jon would make short work of Weidman. I think they would both be on the card but not against each other. Jones vs. Cain makes for a better fight.

      • shakejunt

        like i said, too early to really talk about it, but i think you’re being too critical of chris. i agree they wouldn’t make that fight this year and that it’d make more sense to just have both on the card. there are plenty of other ny guys they could fit in too.

        • cheflacsto

          You are right, I am just more of a Jones fan. I would like to see Chris go out and really dominate Vitor, that may help me come closer to giving him some respect, that he probably does deserve. I just wish Anderson’s leg didn’t break. I would have like to seen how that fight would of played out in the later rounds. If Anderson would of made it that far. Just would like to see Chris dominate a bit. I don’t like the Silva fights, and he appeared gassed out against Lyoto. Hopefully he is healthy and ready to go.

          • shakejunt

            he dominated both silva fights before the weird endings and controlled lyoto the first 3 rounds of their fight. he had to be more defensive in the later rounds because lyoto started getting more comfortable, but he never really hurt chris. that fight wasn’t “dominant,” but it was certainly impressive because lyoto rarely loses decisions in which he actually throws strikes.

            also keep in mind that dominance is something that shows when there is a large talent gap. his first 2 defenses were anderson and lyoto and he beat both convincingly. it doesn’t get much more high level than that.

          • cheflacsto

            I guess, we will agree to disagree on that, Jones dominated Lyoto. Even though Chris hurt Anderson badly in the second fight, Anderson recovered and did some damage from the ground. I believe Chris even got up bloody. I take nothing away from him, I don’t know just something that I don’t care for.

          • shakejunt

            it’s cool, i understand. he’s one of those guys that is just an athletic freak and that coupled with his work ethic makes up for his limited experience. i also train under matt so i may be a bit biased…

  • Tyler Durden

    I agree with the Union’s but no one man should wield enough power to trump the will of the electorate.