In a recent radio interview on ESPN 1100, UFC President, Dana White, when asked how much longer would it take for the UFC to come to New York replied, “…this year, we will be at the Madison Square Garden this year.”
Despite it still being illegal to hold a professional mixed martial arts event in New York, White seems confident the time is near. Many thought and hoped it may be possible to hold the upcoming UFC 100 in Madison Square Garden however, that does not appear to be the case and Las Vegas has already been named as a location for that event.
MMA’s New York legalization recently ran into some problems with Assemblyman Bob Reilly’s recent opposition of Bill 1-11458-A, which is designed to regulate the sport of MMA in New York state. Assemblyman Reilly feels that MMA is a glorification of brutality and even suggests that holding professional MMA events in the state, such as the UFC, has no economic value for the local community.