On February 27th the state of Pennsylvania officially ratified the rules and regulations of mixed martial arts. Never one to shy away from an opportunity to penetrate a major market, UFC president Dana White said that the organization plans to promote an event in The City of Brotherly Love by the end of 2009.
“I’m not saying no to Pittsburgh, but we’re going to Philly this year,” said White. “It’s a big fight town, always has been.”
White knows that hosting a mixed martial arts event in the state would be huge for not just the UFC, but MMA in general.
“When you talk about Las Vegas, you talk about New York, Philadelphia is one of them too,” White said. “The Blue Horizon, I saw some of the best boxing ever from the Blue Horizon in Philly. It’s a big fight town.”
If the Philly event is successful, and there is no reason to believe that it wouldn’t be, it would greatly improve the chances of the world’s largest MMA organization to eventually get into New York.