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UFC wins major battle in New York

Madison Square GardenUFC President Dana White promised the organization would put a show on in Madison Square Garden at some point in 2013 and is in a much better position to deliver on his guarantee this morning than he was yesterday at the same time. Legal representatives from Zuffa and New York met in court yesterday to argue over the State’s ban on the sport where it was determined the two sides should settle rather than continue litigation.

According to a report on Fightline, the ruling came after the Attorney General’s office agreed amateur MMA should be allowed in New York with oversight from a third-party commission while Zuffa’s side stated, as such, the same should be true on the professional side of things. The judge seemingly agreed and directed the parties toward settlement.

“We’ll take it. We’d rather have the state lift the ban and we go that route first, but we’ll know in the next two months if that’s going to happen,” explained Zuffa representative Timothy Bellamy, stating they would go the third-party route if necessary.

The loophole in the policy, as well as the admission of the State regarding things, should allow the UFC to promote a card in New York before the end of the year.

  • Dr.Stoppage says:

    Just curious.
    Have any of you been to the sacred halls of MSG?
    Does it have the ‘LECTRICITY that one would expect?

  • climbarock says:

    MSG is an arena like any else. It’s in the middle of manhattan, which is kinda cool, though midtown west (where it’s located) is a bit touristy/seedy…it’s 10 blocks below Times Square.

    I live about 10 blocks from the Barclays Center so I’d love it if they had a show there.


    Come on already New York!!-I cannot believe that this state has not approved MMA-Considering how tough NY people are


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