UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta can’t wait to finally be cleared to host a card at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Currently, lawmakers are still debating legalizing mixed martial arts in the state, as the next session ends in July.
As far as Fertitta is concerned, when the bill is passed, NYC can expect a huge UFC card. The co-owner of the company recently talked to MMAFighting.com about what kind of show they would be on.
“When we come, we’re going to blow it out,” Fertitta said. “We’re going to put on a ridiculous UFC 100-style card, stacked, bit, open to the public weigh-ins, press conferences, after-parties; the whole deal. This is going to be an event that will remind you of 1971 when Ali fought Frazier for the first time and every celebrity in New York had to be there.”
Fertitta also added that the UFC would look to schedule a show as soon as possible once the bill is passed. The last – and only – UFC event to be held in New York was UFC 7 in 1995, as the state banned the sport two years later.
“If it passed (by June), we would move mountains to get something done by fall,” Fertitta said.