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UFC Interested in Holding Show in San Antonio


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In a recent article by the San Antonio Express-News, UFC Vice President Marc Ratner reveals that the organization is currently looking to hold an event in San Antonio, Texas during the latter half of 2009, likely at the AT&T Center, which serves as the home for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs :

Don’t look now, but the Ultimate Fighting Championship could be on its way to the Alamo City. The UFC, the biggest and best of the professional mixed martial arts organizations, is eyeing the AT&T Center for a show this coming fall.

“San Antonio is very much on our radar,” said Marc Ratner, vice president of government and regulatory affairs for the UFC. “If we can make it work, it will happen.”

AT&T Center officials confirmed the UFC’s interest for 2009, but noted even open dates in the spring and early summer have to be reserved for the Spurs in case the team advances deep into the NBA playoffs. As a result, Ratner said the UFC would consider bringing its show to Freeman Coliseum, which is located next door to the AT&T Center.

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UFC Interested in Upstate NY Event


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Mixed martial arts fans in upstate New York may have reason to rejoice if the sport is legalized in their state soon.

UFC President Dana White was quoted as saying that he would love to bring an event to upstate New York in a recent article in the Times Herald-Record:

“Our events have brought millions of dollars in tax and tourist revenue to nearly every city we have held an event in,” said White. “Once New York joins New Jersey, Pennsylvania and 30 other states in regulating mixed martial arts, we will be thrilled to offer a UFC event this year to an upstate city and replicate its success all over the state.”

Just one minor adjustment: MMA still hasn’t been fully set up in my home state of PA yet Dana. Give them a kick in the ass please!

Anyway, Buffalo, Albany, and Syracuse are all big-enough markets in upstate NY that would easily be able to host a UFC event.

The UFC started a campaign last month to potentially legalize the sport in the state. MMAFacts.com, is a website devoted to showing New York lawmakers that the sport has completely transformed itself from a spectacle that was banned just about everywhere in the mid-1990’s to a full-fledged legitimate sport with the potential for serious monetary gain for the state.

According to UFC vice president Marc Ratner, who previously served as chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission before joining the organization in 2006, Zuffa’s sole focus these days in terms of pushing for the legalization of the sport in various states will now be on New York.

Ratner also mentioned that he is in the process of working with lawmakers to create a bill in hopes of having the governor’s office pass it. He hopes to hold an event in New York later this year or in early 2009.

HT: MMA Mania

UFC Starts Legalization Campaign in New York


Dana White speaks at a press conference for UFC 70: Nations Collide. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Dana White has always said that he’s going to bring the Ultimate Fighting Championship to New York at some point. He took step one today.

While the organization has yet to make an official announcement, the New York Times has gathered information on a campaign the UFC has started to potentially legalize the sport of mixed martial arts in the state.

MMAFacts.com, a website devoted to showing New York lawmakers that the sport has completely transformed itself from a spectacle that was banned just about everywhere in the mid-1990’s to a full-fledged legitimate sport with the potential for serious monetary gain for the state, was made live by the organization this morning.

According to UFC vice president Marc Ratner, who previously served as chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission before joining the organization in 2006, Zuffa’s sole focus these days in terms of pushing for the legalization of the sport in various states will now be on New York.

“The timing for all of this is right,” Ratner said in the article. “We had a lot of other states we were working on and we wanted to devote our full attention to New York, and that’s what we’re doing now.”

Ratner also mentioned that he is in the process of working with lawmakers to create a bill in hopes of having the governor’s office pass it.

“We’re working on that as we speak, and that should hopefully be forthcoming, but it’s not quite ready yet,” Ratner said. “We’ll have people on both sides of the aisle. We’re very bullish on coming to New York.”

The UFC recently successfully lobbied to have the state of Tennessee consider to lift their current ban on the sport. The state is expected to pass legislation later this year.

On a side note, ESPN has been mentioning the story all day as well. I’ll make an update later on with more media reaction.