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UFC back in New York? Gov. Paterson wants to legalize ultimate fighting - to resolve budget crisis



Gov. Paterson is set to propose legalizing ultimate fighting and its controversial steel-cage matches to help wrestle the state's fiscal woes.



Madison Square Garden and upstate venues have supported the idea in hopes of hosting its events. An Ultimate Fighting Championship league match scheduled for Newark in March sold out last week.



Paterson, who has said the state faces a deficit of up to $9 billion, is looking for ways to generate revenue without raising taxes or borrowing and will reveal his proposal in his 2009-10 budget plan Jan. 19, sources told the Daily News.



Supporters say legalizing the sport would result in millions of dollars for the cash-strapped state - not just from the matches but also the economic impact on hotels, restaurants and other businesses.



A study done in 2008 by the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization estimated one event would generate $11.5 million in economic activity in New York City and $5.2 million in Buffalo. Ultimate Fighting Championship estimates there could be two or three events a year in New York.



Ultimate fighting takes place in steel cages and allows punching, kicking and choke holds. Matches end with knockouts, submission by a fighter or a referee's or doctor's order. The sport is regulated in 42 states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida and California.



New York banned it in 1997 at the urging of then-Gov. George Pataki, who called it barbaric. A bill to reverse the ban and allow the sport to be regulated by the state Athletic Commission has died the past two years in the Assembly.


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UFC in MSG

Let's go, make it happen this year

 As much as I hate the term "ultimate fighting", anything to get it regulated here in NYS. Let's go!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Matches end with knockouts, submission by a fighter or a referee's or doctor's order."

... and, you know, decisions. It's not like people just throw punches until one guy can't take it anymore.

Jesus, who wrote that article? Steel cage matches?

Dana better give him a ringside seat so he has a good view

CRE - UFC flopped in LA, what makes them so certain NY would be different? The lower common denominator in NYC that is their citizens?

I am not so sure NYC will be a gold mine, maybe for one show for the novelty of it all, the celebs who want to be part of the first one. After that? Miguel Cotto will sell more seats if he doesn't already. 

Hey Fringe, meet my friend Niche.


Stupid poster is Stupid.

NYC is a gerat sports city and has a very big boxing following (part of the reason that MMA has been illegal for so long). Almost all boxing fans (aside from the really hard core) love MMA. The shows in Newark did well. The shows in Atlantic City do well. MMA will be a huge success in NYC and I can't wait for a big card at the Garden. Would be amazing.

nyc is the center of the media universe. EVERY promotion wants to do at least one show here.

It's simple. A sold out show at the Garden will generate a shitload of money for the state and the city in taxes. The Garden is a great venue for fights. If a show in fucking Newark did well, imagine how big a Garden show will be!

FartV -  They can't sell out the Garden, they would be giving away free tickets. 


 That is factually incorrect.

How taste Bob Reilly?

FartV -  They can't sell out the Garden, they would be giving away free tickets. 


If the fucking WWE can, so can the UFC.

FartV -  They can't sell out the Garden, they would be giving away free tickets. 


The reaction to 111 was very good, 15 mins from MSG.

FartV -  They can't sell out the Garden, they would be giving away free tickets. 


 And what did you base your opinion on? Is it the fact that UFC 111 tickets have been an absolute selling success just 15 minutes away in Prudential Center? in NJ Is it the fact that the Tri-State area is about as more densely populated and on average has more discretionary income than just about anywhere else in the country??

kot1k - 
CRE - UFC flopped in LA, what makes them so certain NY would be different? The lower common denominator in NYC that is their citizens?



I am not so sure NYC will be a gold mine, maybe for one show for the novelty of it all, the celebs who want to be part of the first one. After that? Miguel Cotto will sell more seats if he doesn't already. 



Hey Fringe, meet my friend Niche.




Stupid poster is Stupid.



NYC is a gerat sports city and has a very big boxing following (part of the reason that MMA has been illegal for so long). Almost all boxing fans (aside from the really hard core) love MMA. The shows in Newark did well. The shows in Atlantic City do well. MMA will be a huge success in NYC and I can't wait for a big card at the Garden. Would be amazing.
Thank you. Someone w/ a brain.