Report: 'Loophole' could pave way for UFC mixed martial arts (MMA) event in New York 'in two weeks' - MMAmania.com

UFC scored a big win today in a Manhattan federal courtroom, agreeing with the state of New York attorney general that it could stage a mixed martial arts (MMA) event in as quickly as two weeks through a sanctioned third-party partner. In addition, a federal judge ordered Zuffa and the state of New York to settle their long-standing battle, which could set the stage for full-fledged legalization in the near future.
According to Jim Genia, a New York City-based MMA reporter, the Zuffa legal machine may have finally broken through, exploiting a legal "loophole" that would enable a third-party to sanction an MMA event.

Notable UFC/MMA fighters such as Jon Jones, Gina Carano, Frankie Edgar, Matt Hamill and Brian Stann were listed alongside Zuffa as plaintiffs in a lawsuit pending against the State of New York in Manhattan Federal Court related to New York's ban on MMA.

To read the amended complaint in full, which was today presented before Judge Kimba Wood of the United States District Court, click http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/21..._Complaint.pdf. The 178-page document is outrageously comprehensive, complete with just about everything one could -- and couldn't imagine -- as it relates to the sport, as well as the state's 1997 law.

Money well spent if means UFC can backdoor its way into staging an event with a little third-party assistance. Genia pointed out that UFC would most likely have to partner with an organization such as World Kickboxing Academy (WKA), which was grandfathered into the 1997 law, to get one of its shows greenlit.

However, rest assured the "scumbags" in the Culinary Union will likely go out on their cutting boards in an effort to get it stamped out and/or stall that possibility.

In the meantime, the move by White and Co. to book a date at Madison Square Garden back in Dec. 2012 (read more on that here) for a truly historic MMA event in Nov. 2013 is now looking rather brilliant. So, too, does the immediate rematch that Chris Weidman granted Anderson Silva after he defeats the "Spider" on Fourth of July weekend.

This is not an all-out repeal, meaning that hurdles still exist to get MMA legalized in New York.