UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was a huge supporter of getting professional MMA legalized in New York, where he lives and trains. Unfortunately another year passed and it was another year that saw MMA stay illegal.
That’s why even though the UFC recently booked an event at Madison square Garden for this April, in hopes of being able to finally make its debut, the champ is trying not to get his hopes up too much.
After all, it hasn’t happened yet.
Here’s what he told ESPN:
“My gut reaction is to not get super-excited, because I’ve been let down with this so many times, to be honest with you. I’ve had my hopes up so high for the December card. That one didn’t happen, and I was so pumped for it. I thought it was 100 percent happening this year. I was on the inside this time. I was on the phone with the governor. I spoke to (New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo). I was inside all of this stuff, and there was no question in my mind it was happening. Then there were some people who didn’t want it to happen and they won. I’m fully supportive of it happening and it’s going to be a dream come true, but my focus is on Luke Rockhold, not at Madison Square Garden, but the MGM.”
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