Governor Cuomo signs NY MMA Bill into law; UFC announces event at MSG November 12th

April 14, 2016

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the MMA bill into law making professional mixed martial arts legal in the state.  As a result, the UFC announced a “major Pay-Per-View event at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, November 12.”

The UFC also announced another event in upstate New York to occur by the end of this year.

UFC in NY

Via UFC press release:

UFC will be adding another live event in Upstate New York before the end of the year. The organization has pledged four events per year for the first three years after passage of the bill. The events will be held in Upstate cities such as Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, and Albany, in addition to Madison Square Garden and the Barclays Center.

Today’s bill signing and event date announcements cement mixed martial arts’ incredible future in the state of New York, and reaffirm UFC’s commitment to a market that is home to many top stars including former UFC champions Jon Jones, Chris Weidman and Rashad Evans, and countless other title contenders.

“I want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, Senator Joe Griffo and the many other leaders in the state of New York for legalizing and regulating the sport of mixed martial arts,” said UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. “Our commitment to bringing incredible live events to New York starts immediately, as we’ve planned a major Pay-Per-View event at Madison Square Garden on November 12. It’s going to be a historic, monumental moment for this sport and our passionate fans when the Octagon finally arrives in New York.”

“Today marks a great day for both MMA fans and New York,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, Marquee Events and Operations, The Madison Square Garden Company. “We think it’s only fitting that the first UFC event is taking place at The World’s Most Famous Arena and look forward to these world-class athletes becoming part of The Garden’s storied history.”

Payout Perspective:

For those wondering, the New York State Athletic Commission, who will oversee MMA in the state, will be up to speed by September 1, 2016.  Essentially, this is when the law will come into effect as explained by Jim Genia.  Although no names have been pinned to the November 12 debut in New York, you can expect New York natives Jon Jones and Chris Weidman to be prime candidates for the event at Madison Square Garden.  Also, Ronda Rousey is rumored to be back in the octagon around this time so that would make sense as well.  Certainly, Bellator and WSOF will be working to have events in New York as well.

70 Responses to “Governor Cuomo signs NY MMA Bill into law; UFC announces event at MSG November 12th”

  1. tops E on April 15th, 2016 5:20 PM

    So your.comparing pre pacman algieri to anthony ufc champ pettis? Hahahaha

  2. tops E on April 15th, 2016 5:27 PM

    http://www.newsday.com/sports/boxing/financial-dispute-hovers-over-chris-algieri-fight-1.11672638…..he is not a.top.rank fighter but a star.boxing promotions…hahahaha your comparing star boxing pre pacman algieri to ufc champ….he made 115k first.hbo.fight provodnikov, 1.6 m against pacman….

  3. The Greatest on April 15th, 2016 5:56 PM

    Algieri is not a top level fighter.
    Basically Provodnikov is an exciting fighter who had a good showing against Bradley due to Bradley being a fool.
    Bradley won, but people got interested in Provo, more than they should have. So Provo beats Alvarado, and gets lined up with Algieri.
    Algieri wins a close fight and gets propelled to fight Pacquiao.
    And of course Algieri gets dropped 6 times by Manny.

    Algieri and Weidman are friends by the way and when Weidman fought Silva, Weidman made $24k, and an extra $24k for winning.

  4. Wil on April 15th, 2016 6:08 PM

    Excellent news for all MMA promotions for the state of NY. MMA is actually safer than boxing, never made any legit sense to have one and not the other.

  5. tops E on April 15th, 2016 7:39 PM
  6. d on April 15th, 2016 8:14 PM

    Hahahahaha. Boxing does typically around 4 big ppvs per year- Algieri was one of them and he was living with his parents driving a beat up car. Hahahahahaha.

  7. d on April 15th, 2016 8:16 PM

    “Algieri and Weidman are friends by the way and when Weidman fought Silva, Weidman made $24k, and an extra $24k for winning.”

    Chris Weidman, Zuffa, everyone that knows anything about the business knows Weidman made a lot off of that fight. A lot more than Algieri did. Weidman is a multi-millionaire. Algieri lives at his parents. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  8. tops E on April 15th, 2016 10:16 PM

    Funny you said you saw 24/7 pacman algieri…that was before the fight,before his ppv..weres the logic hAhaha..after the fight he got 1.6 mil….how much did pettis get? a ufc champ…ridin the bus…hendersons hotel room prefight looks really small hahaha…mayweathers and maidana’s at the time ariza had a much bigger roomo

  9. d on April 16th, 2016 5:22 AM

    “Life in My Parent’s Basement: The Chris Algieri Story”

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!

  10. Fight Fan on April 16th, 2016 5:44 AM

    D I give you props on that one lol

  11. The Greatest on April 16th, 2016 10:15 AM

    $24K was Weidmans purse.
    He didn’t get millions for that fight.
    Algieris biggest payday is more than Weidmans.
    Also Algieri makes more money now than Weidman.

    D you’re referencing something almost 3 years ago before Algieri fought Pacquiao, when he was making $100K a fight, which is still more than Mr. 24k Weidman.

  12. Wil on April 16th, 2016 10:44 AM

    I can say this for Algieri, I have alot of respect for that kid. He was ISKA and WKA world champion in kickboxing before making the move to boxing for bigger pay days, and became a world champion by beating one of the most rugged men in the sport, was dropped twice, and eye completely closed and he dug in and outgutted Ruslan. That was a hell of a fight. Had he had a proper boxing trainer from day one, he would have had a better performance against Manny, not won, but better than the drubbing he got. Since moving to John David Jackson, he looks to be alot more comfortable.

  13. tops E on April 16th, 2016 11:45 AM

    Smart move moving to boxing he got 1.6 mil from pacman….he can live on that and wont need to be a garbage man hahahaha

  14. tops E on April 16th, 2016 11:49 AM
  15. The Greatest on April 16th, 2016 2:12 PM

    Algieri would beat McGregor in an mma match.
    I saw them talking about that on a MMA website.
    Algieri has better boxing, kickboxing, and Algieri was a state champion wrestler, so add grappling to the mix as well.
    Algieri could be a UFC champion after Spence beats him

  16. d on April 16th, 2016 7:37 PM

    “$24K was Weidmans purse.”

    He made 98k in disclosed pay, and he also made additional money according to Chris Weidman” that was very big, he moved out of his old house(yes, he owned a house prior to this unlike Algieri) and into a huge single immediately after the fight.

    He didn’t get millions for that fight.”

    I don’t know if he got millions, but he likely made well over 1m for that fight.

    “Algieris biggest payday is more than Weidmans.”

    You are delusional. So crazy, it is unreal you convince yourself of your delusions.
    Weidman is worth probably over 10m right now. He’s been in 5 title fights.

    “Also Algieri makes more money now than Weidman.”

    No he doesn’t. Not at all. Weidman is worth 10x Algieri.

    “D you’re referencing something almost 3 years ago before Algieri fought Pacquiao, when he was making $100K a fight, which is still more than Mr. 24k Weidman.”

    You have the combat sports IQ of Howard Cosell.

    Algieri…..living with parents, Weidman…….multi millionaire.

  17. d on April 16th, 2016 7:39 PM

    “Algieri would beat McGregor in an mma match.
    I saw them talking about that on a MMA website.
    Algieri has better boxing, kickboxing, and Algieri was a state champion wrestler, so add grappling to the mix as well.
    Algieri could be a UFC champion after Spence beats him”

    If McGregor was a paraplegic, he could beat both Spence and Algieri in his wheel chair. Those guys are not qualified for mma. They are boxers, boxers can’t fight in mma.

  18. d on April 16th, 2016 7:40 PM

    “Smart move moving to boxing he got 1.6 mil from pacman….he can live on that and wont need to be a garbage man hahahaha”

    …..from his parents basement and his beat up car.

    Hahahahahahahaha.

  19. tops E on April 18th, 2016 3:17 AM

    Hahaha…d is still pissed hahaha…pettis missed the bus without 1.6 mil…

  20. d on April 18th, 2016 4:39 AM

    Hahahaha. Tops’ head is exploding. He didn’t think someone would leak undercard ppv boxer’s purses. $1,500. Hahahaha. Then he didn’t think someone would leak Chris Algieri…ppv headliner’s living situation….from his parent’s basement, cruising around in a beat up car. Hahahahahahaha.

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