Lorenzo Fertitta & Chris Weidman React To Speeches At NY Assembly Vote On MMA

UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman felt like most of the MMA community when watching the New York State Assembly vote to legalize professional MMA in the state of New York on Tuesday.

Fertitta and Weidman spoke in a conference call that featured several UFC executives after the event and in the former UFC 185 pound champion’s opinion, many of the comments made in the speeches given during the voting process were “ridiculous” and “embarrassing.”

“Some of the things they were saying were so ridiculous that I was actually happy and embarrassed for them for even bringing it up,” Weidman said during the conference call.

“First of all, that comment by [Daniel] O’Donnell was absolutely ridiculous,” Fertitta added. “And no, that is absolutely — we have no knowledge of anything like that. We invested in the sport, no different than we have done in the last 15, 16 years. It’s unfortunately part of the process.”

Among the comments made by Daniel O’Donnell was this gem.

“You have two nearly naked, hot men, rolling around on top of one another trying to dominate each other. And in case you didn’t know, that’s gay porn with a different ending.”

You can watch footage of Daniel O’Donnell’s speech above. Additionally, you can listen to audio of the UFC conference call after the vote below. Featured in the call are UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Executive Vice President and COO Lawrence Epstein, UFC Senior Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner and former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.