In November of 2011 Zuffa filed a lawsuit against the State of New York, claiming that their Constitutional rights were being violated by the sport being banned there. After over a year of back-and-forth motions and documents being exchanged much like how Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson exchanged blows in PRIDE FC, it’s now time for the oral arguments, which will finally be heard in court on Wednesday. What’s at stake? Ultimately, the chance to have a UFC at Madison Square Garden, and countless smaller shows in smaller venues throughout the rest of the state, but it doesn’t stop there. A huge market like New York opening up means even greater exposure for MMA, and possibly an influx of talent and money, so you can see why Zuffa filed the lawsuit in the first place. Anyway, here’s your news!
• In case you missed it, Cris “Cyborg” Santos wants out of her UFC contract (remember: when Zuffa bought Strikeforce, they bought the contracts of the Strikeforce fighters, too). I guess Ronda Rousey is going to have to break someone else’s arm instead.
• Marcos Galvao is headlining this week’s Bellator installment, and he’s taking on a former teammate in Eduardo Dantas (who also just happens to be Bellator’s bantamweight champ). Here’s Brendhan Conlon with an interview:
• Back to the New York thing: here’s Jonathan Snowden with a kickass description of the state of things in New York (and yes, yours truly gets a mention in there). By the way, if you think there’s no MMA going on in the Big Apple, you’re sadly mistaken. Here’s a clip from a fight at yesterday’s Underground Combat League event, which was the organization’s ten-year anniversary show.