UFC President Dana White has been quoted in several interviews this year as saying that the sport of mixed martial arts will become regulated in the state of New York and that a show at Madison Square Garden was possible before year’s end.
Well, unless the UFC has plans on running an underground show, a New York event is not expected to happen until 2009, at the earliest.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com reported last week that the Committee for Tourism, Arts, and Sports Development in the State of New York voted against a proposed bill that could lead to the legalization of MMA in the state. Several committee members tried to change their votes after the official session had come to a close and it was decided that the bill would go up for a re-vote on Wednesday, June 18.
However, a source informed Five Ounces of Pain earlier this afternoon that the vote in fact did not take place as scheduled and that the bill to legalize martial arts has been tabled and likely won’t be re-introduce until early-2009.
Our source indicated that the bill is now expected to be subject to a public hearing, which is perceived to be a step back.
When asked why the vote never took place as had been anticipated, the source indicated that it is believed that lingering labor issues between Station Casinos in Las Vegas and Local 54 “Unite Here” could be a culprit.
Several other sources have revealed to Five Ounces of Pain in recent days that the UFC had been working on several deals pertaining to potential regulation in New York, including the expansion of the promotion’s offices in New York as well as a possible long-term agreement with Madison Square Garden.