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UFC looking to promote Philadelphia show in 2009

Not even a week after the Pennsylvania Legislators made MMA legal in the state, the UFC announced Thursday that they would be heading to the “City of Brotherly Love” before 2009 is over.

The rules and regulations were ratified by the state on February 27.

UFC President Dana White said Philadelphia is a big fight town and when you mention cities like New York and Las Vegas you have to mention Philadelphia right along side them. He mentioned witnessing some of the best boxing he has ever seen at the legendary Blue Horizon.

The past year has been a good one for the area’s sports fans with the Phillies capturing a World Series title and the Eagles making it to the NFC Championship game. Bringing the UFC to Philadelphia would be a real coup for the city and stands to bring a huge boost to the economy.

With Pittsburgh in the process of building a new arena for the Penguins, which is slated to open in 2010-2011, the UFC has a second viable city in the state but White seemed to want to concentrate on one city at a time for now.

White and the UFC have been fighting the good fight in an attempt to get the sport legalized in New York but politicians there have been reluctant to do so. White mentioned cities like Buffalo as a destination for future “Fight Night” events which air live on Spike TV.

  • wardog says:

    Nice for Philadelphia fans. Still don’t think this will sway New York into changing its position anytime soon.

  • It is close enough for us to make the drive though!!

  • aimres says:

    This would be great!

  • mu_shin says:

    Yo’ homies! UFC comes to the home of Smokin’ Joe Frazier among others, my home town, with lotsof boxing history. Never got to see the fights at the Blue Horizon but lots of tough local fighters got their start there.

    Great East Coast exposure for MMA, with a lot of potential for live event fan base. When New York gets wind of the tax profits and general retail windfall (lodging, food, nightlife) surrounding an event with possible attendance in the ten to fifteen thousand range, they may change their tune. Can’t think of another good reason to go to Buffalo…

    Haven’t lived in Philly since ’83, but now I’m three hours south, could conceivably cruise up for a UFC event and a chance to see some live MMA.


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