Organised MMA is now legal in the Big Apple!
A near 20 year ban on the sport has meant that while UFC and Bellator have grown across the country and the world, they have been unable to tap into what would arguably be the largest market on the planet.
Now we ask, what does this all mean?
Simply put, the decision made by the New York State’s Assembly means money. Big Money. The Madison Square Garden is steeped in sporting folklore, people will travel from all over the world just to say they’ve seen the stadium, let alone seen an event inside it. Paired with the insatiable passion that New Yorker’s have for sport, this is a dynamite combination for the MMA.
With UFC 197, 198 and 199 either locked down, or all but, it’s almost certain that UFC will look to secure MSG for the UFC 200 event, which promises to be a straight-up blockbuster.
Already there are talks of mega fights all over the card: Jon Jones V Chris Weidmann, Frankie Edgar V Connor McGregor (Although it looks like we’re getting McGregor V Diaz 2, which is beyond stupid) as well as Holly Holm V Ronda Rousey.
Ultimately whatever the UFC decides to do with the card, it will be stacked with talent, it will make BANK and it will draw insane numbers on the PPV’s.
In the shortest way possible, MMA in NYC = Money. Lots and Lots of Money.