Mixed Martial Arts has been banned in New York state since 1997, just before the sport took off. But with the Izod Center in New Jersey hosting a UFC card featuring three matches on May 5, it has sparked debate about why New York is one of just five states that deems Mixed Martial Arts illegal.
“I’ve been saying that for like four years,” UFC President Dana White said yesterday at Radio City Music Hall in a press conference for the event. “We’ve been dealing with this for the last 11 years, not just in New York, but all around the world.”
Fox is in the midst of a seven-year deal with UFC, keeping contests on the network until at least 2018. That exposure alone (as opposed to matches being shown on cable or as pay-per-view events) creates more of an interest, and New York would surely benefit from this.
“We don’t come back here enough. So it’s good to be back on the East Coast,” White said.
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