Sheldon Silver was taken into custody by the FBI Thursday morning and is expected to be charged with public corruption charges.
Why is this important on an MMA site? Because Silver, a New York Assembly Speaker, has been anti-MMA for years. The new legislative session has started, and Silver recently shared the stage with Governor Andrew Cuomo at the State of the State address.
The UFC has been fighting for years to get MMA legalized in New York, running into opposition time and time again in the courts. They have stated plans to put together a big-time card for Madison Square Garden if things get approved.
Silver was first elected to the Assembly in 1976 and is one of the most influential people in the New York state government thanks to both his title and experience.