UFC president Dana White has salivated over having an Octagon showcased under Madison Square Garden’s historic spotlight for years. Today inside the famed arena, the promoter made his most aggressive case for bringing the sport of mixed martial arts to the state of New York.
“To be honest with you, I’m not frustrated. I’m a little baffled, but not frustrated,” White said of his uphill battle during Thursday’s presser. “I feel like we have a good team here in New York and I feel like we’re going to get this thing done.”
White brought out the big guns for today’s sales pitch. His entourage comprised of New York assemblyman Dean Murray, MSG Sports president Scott O’Neil, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, lightweight champ Frankie Edgar and Jamie Springer of HR&A Advisors.
Speaking of the independent economic impact study conducted the Octagon’s official number crunchers, Springer suggests New York stands to create hundreds of jobs and generate more than $23 million annually through the legalization of MMA.
As my former manager used to say, ‘The numbers don’t lie.’ Murray’s calculator appears to be working just fine, as the Assemblyman has fully backed the controversial sport.
“This is another example of New York being a nanny state. We have to stop doing that,” Murray stated. “The fact of the matter is, in this economic climate, we don’t need more tax increases. We need a chance to raise revenue.
“I’ve actually contacted the Governor’s office and asked him to include this in the Governor’s budget this year. If it’s not, then I’m hoping we’ll bring it to the floor for a vote.”
White promised to host two cards in New York within the first year of the state’s legalization. At least one show would take place inside MSG.
Please click HERE to see today’s official Power Point presentation.