In 2010 the UFC broke down another barrier with the legalization of Mixed Martial Arts in Ontario, Canada, paving the way for what’s expected to be a record breaking event in April.
Now, with 2011 less than two weeks old, they are set to step up their campaign to have the sport legalized in New York.
According to MMAFighting the UFC will host a press conference in New York at Madison Square Garden on Thursday in which they will call for Mixed Martial Arts to be legalized in the state. An economic impact study will also be unveiled laying out the numerous ways in which the area would benefit financially from sanctioning the sport.
The event will be attended by Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta, lightweight champion Frankie Edgar who hails from neighbouring New Jersey and former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans who was born in Niagra Falls, New York.
It’s a bold move by the promotion who have so far met a brick wall when trying to persuade New York officials to follow the lead of the vast majority of other states in the U.S and welcome the sport to the region.
“I’m proud of the fact that almost single-handedly I have kept this out of New York not only because violence begets violence and it’s not what we should have in our state, but also it ultimately saves us money by not having this sport in New York,” NY State Assemblyman Bob Reilly boasted on Inside MMA last year after being re-elected.
Undeterred by the ignorance of some it appears that the UFC are going to make finally getting the sport legalized in New York a priority in 2011.