Originally Posted by trustkill
I'm going to cross my fingers, but the culinary union and vested politicians have shown to be resilient and creative. I don't fully understand the "third-party" sanctioning, but my guess is they would look to utilize the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board as a proxy.
It might cost Zuffa tons of cash to orchestrate their first NY event, but I think that would be an investment towards breaking the opposition and attaining outright legalization.
Both Chris Weidman and Jon Jones have alluded to an event in NY this year, and I'm hearing rumors that Zuffa has tentatively booked MSG for a November event.
I think it's more along the lines of a co-sponsored event with a NYS legal combat sport organization, rather than just working with another athletic commission. Where they'd likely have some kind of boxing or kickboxing fights in the prelim cards (or main card). I'm sure they'd try and bring along another MMA legit athletic commission as well though, simply to make the card legit by U.S. MMA standards/unified rules. At least that's what I've gathered from the article, so I could be completely wrong.
I absolutely agree. The UFC would be dumb not to consider an event that lost a little bit of money, especially if it meant taking a huge step to legalization. NYS is a big market for MMA. They already allow amateur MMA, in certain respects, as well as it taking place in Native American casinos (without unified rules regulations). Cities like NYC (obviously bigger than all others in NY & potentially the rest of the country [except for Vegas]), Buffalo, Rochester, & Syracuse (fuck yeah!)
would sell out their biggest places every time.