As we near the end of 2015, there are only two states that have yet to legalize mixed martial arts in the United States of America: Alaska and New York. The fight for legalization in New York seems to be a repeated losing and crushing effort for fans and fighters alike, but nobody will be giving up until the UFC can hold an event in Madison Square Garden.
Dana White and UFC brass have scheduled a pay-per-view event to take place in Madison Square Garden on April 23rd, 2016 featuring “UFC’s top champions”. This is the first time a professional mixed martial arts event has been scheduled in New York since the ban started in 1997.
The UFC released an official statement on the event which you can read below:
UFC today announced a series of important steps to bring mixed martial arts (MMA) events to New York. These efforts include the scheduling of the organization’s first, professional MMA event in New York since the state’s ban in 1997. This event will take place at Madison Square Garden on April 23, 2016 featuring UFC’s top champions competing with other world-class athletes inside the Octagon. UFC is also taking additional steps through the federal courts to ensure the event’s success.
“We believe fight fans have waited long enough to experience live UFC events in the state of New York and we are thrilled to announce our first event at Madison Square Garden,” UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Epstein said. “Professional MMA is legal around of the world and it is about time New York followed suit.”
Of course, in order for this event to take place mixed martial arts will have to be legalized in New York. Who would you like to see fight in UFC’s first MMA event in NYC? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!
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