Late Tuesday afternoon it was revealed that a bill was passed by New York assembly that saw a bill legalizing MMA passed. The bill now moves to the desk of Governor Andrew Cuomo, who in the past has expressed his interest in signing the bill.
This is a big win for the sport of MMA, and for ZUFFA, who has been trying to hold an event at the famed Madison Square Garden for quite some time now.
In the wake of the bill passing, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta spoke to MMAFighting to discuss the possibility of Ronda Rousey fighting at an event at the Madison Square Garden.
“I haven’t had any conversation with Ronda about it. But like I said before, when we go to New York, we want to come with a big event. And obviously any time Ronda Rousey fights that is clearly a big event. That’s to be seen.”
“It’s gonna be massive,” Fertitta said. “And when you do massive events, it takes time … there’s gonna be a tremendous amount of promotion and a ton of marketing assets. We’re gonna have to book the fights that make sense there, which will include Chris Weidman. It’s gonna be big.”