New York Governor Signs MMA Bill – First UFC event in November
New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation this morning that will officially legalize the sport of mixed martial arts in the state. The MMA Bill was signed before media and officials today at Madison Square Garden.
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Following the signing, the UFC announced their first event to be held in the state. The organization’s first card will be held November 12 at MSG.
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“I want to thank Governor Andrew Cuomo, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, Senator Joe Griffo and the many other leaders in the state of New York for legalizing and regulating the sport of mixed martial arts,” said UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. “Our commitment to bringing incredible live events to New York starts immediately, as we’ve planned a major Pay-Per-View event at Madison Square Garden on November 12. It’s going to be a historic, monumental moment for this sport and our passionate fans when the Octagon finally arrives in New York.”
“Today marks a great day for both MMA fans and New York,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, Marquee Events and Operations, The Madison Square Garden Company. “We think it’s only fitting that the first UFC event is taking place at The World’s Most Famous Arena and look forward to these world-class athletes becoming part of The Garden’s storied history.”