White eyes MSG this November
January 2, 2013
MMA Fighting reports Dana White is looking to have an event in New York’s Madison Square Garden for its 20th anniversary show in November 2013. The only problem: MMA is still not legal in New York state.
White revealed his plans at the post-UFC 155 press conference. Despite the fact that MMA is prohibited by law, White has a date for the event and a main event planned. You may recall that Zuffa brought a lawsuit against the state citing the state’s ban on MMA was unconstitutional. This fall, New York brought a motion to dismiss Zuffa’s lawsuit to strike down the state law. The court has yet to rule on New York’s motion.
Notwithstanding the lawsuit, the only other way for the state to legalize MMA would be through the legislature this year.
Is revealing plans for an event at MSG a sign that this may be the year that a bill is passed? Or is this just thinking out loud? The legal case could take years if the court denies New York’s motion to dismiss. The quicker way would be through the legislative process although Zuffa has been unsuccessful in prior years. Last year’s legislative session was disappointing as the UFC indicated that it had votes for a law to legalize MMA in the state but a vote never occurred.
A show at MSG would be on par with UFC 129 in terms of milestone moments for the company.