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Old 01-13-2011, 04:14 PM   #11 (permalink)
 
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MMA's future in New York - UFC's intentions

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The full-court press is on.

In a Thursday press conference held at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden, UFC president Dana White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta made their intentions known loud and clear.

The UFC re-affirmed its plans to see through the legalization of mixed martial arts in the state of New York, and according to UFC brass, MMA fans can expect the Empire State to host at least two events including one at Madison Square Garden within the first year of legal promotion in the state.

"This sport is global, and we think it's time we should be able to hold events in New York," Fertitta said.

White and Fertitta brought UFC lightweight champion and New Jersey native Frankie Edgar along for support, but the real focus of the event was the an independent economic impact study conducted by Jamie Springer of HR&A Advisors, which suggests New York stands to create hundreds of jobs and generate more than $23 million in annual new spending for the local economy through the legalization of mixed martial arts.

An obviously excited Madison Square Garden Sports president Scott O'Neil who classified White and Fertitta both as "great guys and spectacular businessmen" recounted his first live UFC event, March 2010's UFC 111 card, which the exec attended with his nephew.

"I've spent a lot of my carer around professional athletes, and I've never seen anything like a saw that day," O'Neil recounted. "We cant wait for this to be sanctioned here."

New York assemblyman Dean Murray, who was also on hand, said he has already contacted Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in hopes of the inclusion of MMA regulation on the state's upcoming budget a step Murray said would streamline the entire process.

Murray also pointed to the potential economic impact of MMA regulation as an important reason to support the move.

"In this economic climate, we don't need to be raising any taxes," Murray said. "We need a chance to raise revenue, and this is a wonderful chance."

Springer said his firm predicts New York could host as many as 70 MMA events annually and that $16 million of the new revenue would come from the combination of one UFC event at Madison Square Garden and another in upstate New York at Buffalo's HSBC Arena. A full copy of the study can be found at MMAFacts.com/econstudy.

White, who has oftentimes hinted at an eminent change in New York (one of only six states that doesn't currently regulate MMA) only to be forced to retract his prediction, insisted he remains positive about the UFC's chances in the coming year.

"I'm a little baffled but not frustrated," White said. "It's an education process.

"We've got a good team here in New York, and I feel like we're going to get this thing done. ... I think we're right there."
Source: MMAjunkie.com

Looks like they're going all in this time, and the economic study makes a pretty damn strong case for legalizing it!
Here's to UFC in New York in 2011/2012
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:29 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Nice job posting this. Beat me to it!
I just finnished reading this on mmajunkie.

There isn't much to be said about this. Everyone knows about the UFC's desire to hold events in NY.

It would be a great achievement for MMA in general and would add to its credibility. The NY market is huge imo just like Dana pointed out.
It will definitely happen imo, but fans want this as soon as possible.
*Can't blame us!* :P

New York, Japan, Hawaii, China!

They will happen!
The sooner, the better!
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:38 PM   #13 (permalink)
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It only hurts NY that it's not there already, making them look behind the times when they are so usually ahead of it.

They had video footage of that pc on bloodyelbow, and this guy, ***an, did live twitter updates:

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- Lorenzo talks about the economic impact of UFC in NY - we could bring $23m a year to the state - http://www.mmafacts.com/econstudy
- Dana: Regulation and proper medical attention make MMA a very safe sport
- Frankie Edgar: I'm super excited. I can't wait to fight here. It's been a lifelong dream to fight in Madison Square Garden.
- Reporter asks about the poll from last year indicating 68% of people were against MMA.
- White: The poll depends on where you hold it, who was asked. The 18-34 year old demographic wants it.
- Assemblyman: I won't speak for the governor, but he seems open to MMA in NY.
- White: This is New York City. This is Madison Square Garden. We want to be here.
- MMA fans can expect NYC to host at least two events – including one at Madison Square Garden – within the first year of legal promotion in the state.
and they provided this LINK for signing an MMA in NY petition.
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Thanks for the link, will spread the word
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Old 01-13-2011, 04:52 PM   #15 (permalink)
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LOL, everyone should keep there hopes in check, after all us Toronto folks though the same thing, and as of now looks like our co-main event is Couture vs Machida or possibly a featherweight fight.

Keep in mind this is in a stadium that CAN hold 60 thousand plus, but Dana is looking to cap it at 40 thousand people.

A lot bigger than MSG

AND Dana went on record to say this would be a UFC 100 type of card, I am still holding off any thought on this though until the official card is announced.

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It would be awesome to see some events from the Madison Square Garden. It just makes me wonder what has taken New York so long to see the money they're losing.
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LOL, everyone should keep there hopes in check, after all us Toronto folks though the same thing, and as of now looks like our co-main event is Couture vs Machida or possibly a featherweight fight.

Keep in mind this is in a stadium that CAN hold 60 thousand plus, but Dana is looking to cap it at 40 thousand people.

A lot bigger than MSG

AND Dana went on record to say this would be a UFC 100 type of card, I am still holding off any thought on this though until the official card is announced.
Why should the division matter?

Aldo/Hominick is a great co-main event if it happens.
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Why should the division matter?

Aldo/Hominick is a great co-main event if it happens.
I agree that that fight would be entertaining, as would a lot of the undercard fights rumoured right now, the featherweights just don't have the marquee value right now. Even a Jose Aldo is not a household name as guys in the bigger weight divisions, yet. I have no doubt they will be but that won't happen until after the Toronto card is done.

I'm just going by this thread itself, most of the 'dream fights' people listed here are wishing for the first MSG card having multiple famous names.

So far that isn't what appears to be happening in Toronto, which is a much bigger venue and had a lot of obstacles and hopes once it was sanctioned.
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the new york card will be better than 100 on paper i guarantee that,after such a battle to get it there in the biggest city in america they have to do it.
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