New York legislators don’t want mixed martial arts in its state, but the UFC doesn’t care and they are taking more legal action to make it happen.
On Monday, the UFC filed a new case in federal court reiterating its claim that New York’s 1997 law banning MMA events is unconstitutional.
“We believe fight fans have waited long enough to experience live UFC events in the state of New York and we are thrilled to announce our first event at Madison Square Garden,” UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Epstein said. “Professional MMA is legal around of the world and it is about time New York followed suit.”
Later this week, the UFC will ask a federal judge for a preliminary injunction against New York officials for enforcing its ban on MMA. The UFC presumptuously reserved the historic Madison Square Garden on April 23, 2016 for a blockbuster event featuring “the UFC’s top champions.”
If the injunction is denied, the show inside MSG will be canceled.
New York is the only state in America with an athletic commission that hasn’t legalized mixed martial arts.
The UFC has spearheaded the charge for years to get MMA legalized in America’s largest media market to no avail.
(Pictured: UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta)