Dave Meltzer/Wrestling Observer– After hours of debating, the bill to legalize mixed martial arts and put it under the auspices of the New York State Athletic Commission passed the state assembly by a 113-25 vote.
The bill had already passed the state senate, which means it goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is expected to sign, and UFC is expected to run its first event in Madison Square Garden toward the latter part of this year.
New York had been the lone holdout in UFC’s attempt to get the sport legalized nationwide. The bill had passed the state senate for seven straight years, but it had been blocked from even being voted on in the assembly.
UFC officials believed they had far more than enough votes last year, but time ran out in the session and once again, they could never get the legislation voted on.
There were long impassioned pleas on both sides, with the few dissenters talking about everything from homophobia, domestic violence, violence in society to the condition of Muhammad Ali, to the idea Madison Square Garden should be for team sports.
I mean we’re talkin about MMA.
About gosh damn time. One of the more asinine things in this country this side of Donald Trump being a legitimate candidate for the President of our Country has been New York’s continued ban on MMA. Especially in the city for being one of the most progressive melting pots in the entire World this was ridiculous.
Hoping for a Daniel Cormier victory over Jon Jones this April 23rd then a Weidman beats Luke Rockhold at 199 for the Title. Then lets finish both Trilogies off in MSG Labor Day weekend in Jones/Weidman’s home state. That could do UFC 200 numbers.
Then again maybe Conor will want to fight Matt Serra or some shit and he just gets to monopolize the entire event for his benefit. Dana will bend over backwards in a heart beat for that. The flight is about half as long for the Irish so I’ll bet anything we see Conor headlining MSG within a year from now.