Dana White hopes to have UFC's 20th anniversary show at Madison Square Garden
Dana White hopes to have UFC's 20th anniversary show at Madison Square Garden - MMA Fighting
MMA is still not legal in New York, but Dana White revealed Saturday night after UFC 155 that crossing his fingers, he not only had a date, but a theme and a main event planned for a debut in Madison Square Garden.
White said his plan was to run the UFC's 20th anniversary show at the world's most famous arena which would be some time in November 2013.
"We have a date," White said after completion of the press conference. "And we have a match."
White wouldn't elaborate further on the idea, nor would he as he had in the past, predict this will be the year they are allowed into the state.
Running an event would be pending the state legislature passing a bill early next year that would legalize the sport. For several years, it's been a regular pattern. The UFC gets a bill written, sends fighters and officials into the state to speak with various legislators, seems to get a warm reaction, but ultimately, the bill always ends up stalling somewhere.
Last year it didn't even get to a vote, even though Marc Ratner, the UFC's Vice President of Regulatory Affairs believed they had enough votes to pass the bill, which made things even more frustrating.
White reiterated the problem, a political game that gets sillier with each passing year, the Las Vegas branch of what White called "the scummy gangster Culinary Union."
The battle is that the Culinary Workers union are at odds with the Fertitta Brothers, who own 81 percent of the UFC stock, and also run the Station Casinos chain, which is non-union.
In the battle to unionize the workers, which thus far has failed, it has resulted in the union targeting UFC. The battle is not just limited to blocking them in New York, but there was also an attempt to convince FOX to cancel its seven-year contract which fell on deaf ears.
New York is different from almost every other state because in 1997, two pieces of legislation were passed. The first legalized MMA under the athletic commission, and after doing so, the old owners of UFC scheduled a show in Niagara Falls.
In a very different era of how UFC was viewed, it was not on any television and there were differences in the rules, a lot of influential media was aghast at the idea the sport was coming to the state, and blamed the legislature for allowing it.
Running for cover, the same forces who passed the first bill quickly introduced a second bill, to ban it outright, which was also passed.
While few remember, UFC did run one event in the state in Buffalo in 1995. It was an event that went off with minimal controversy.
Madison Square Garden has been behind previous bills that have stalled to get UFC into the state. Instead, the company has run across the state border, at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., for some major events in recent years.
|BonesKnows ||12-30-2012 12:57 PM |
Anderson Silva vs Jon Jones.... :deadhorse:
|Sniggles ||12-30-2012 12:59 PM |
Boo! They don't deserve it because they don't lobby their government hard enough!
Bring it to Vancouver!
|CtGreat ||12-30-2012 01:01 PM |
I doubt its going to happen, but if it does, best believe I will be there.
|Sniggles ||12-30-2012 01:04 PM |
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It'll be the LHW champ vs the MW champ so... Chael vs Bisping II lol :D
|Pasha K ||12-30-2012 08:34 PM |
I really doubt it will happen anytime soon.
Why is Dana saying that he already has a date and a match???
To say things like that, MMA should be legalized in NYC first, and so far it has not happened.
Maybe his fantasy is to make UFC 200 at MSG, with Anderson vs Jones. But I think that the day MMA is legalized in NYC, both of them are going to be retired.
|Fedorlei Gomipierre ||12-30-2012 09:05 PM |
Just some food for thought here, but Vince McMahon considers MSG the WWE/WWF/WWWF's homebase and basically considers it the holy grail of the pro wrestling business for the past 60 plus years.
I don't know how he'd feel/currently feels about ZUFFA coming into "his backyard" like that and I know that he has a decent amount of stroke within the NYC area and North East in general and specifically the Garden itself. If he wanted to, I think he could make things difficult., in order to impede the progress of his predominant PPV competition in a major market.....
Not saying it would/will happen, but something to keep in the back of your minds. Vince is petty as fuck and certainly wouldn't be above using his pull.
|mmawolverine ||12-31-2012 02:30 AM |
would be great to return to my home state for a ufc event theres no good reason why it shouldnt be legal just the culinary union bs, i mean the sport is so popular these lawmakers must know the sport is legit though i wonder if the underground scene is making it worse
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