New York Doesn’t Want MMA, But the UFC is Coming Anyway

Written by Tom Ngo
August 24th, 2011

UFC and MMA in New York

The state of New York may not be prepared to sanction the sport of mixed martial arts, but the UFC is coming anyway. On Wednesday afternoon, the world’s most prestigious MMA organization announced they intend to plaster their product on a digital sign above The Doubletree Hotel in Times Square’s Little Brazil.

On Saturday starting at 8PM local time, Spike TV’s live broadcast of two “UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami” preliminary bouts will be shown to the thousands roaming the NYC streets.

A middleweight scrap between Dan Miller and Rousimar Palhares, as well as a lightweight shootout with Spencer Fisher and Thiago Tavares are slated to air in the hour-long show.

The Doubletree is located on the East side of Duffy Square’s red steps, at 47th Street & 7th Ave.

After celebrating in the streets of Times Square, fans can watch the remaining five fights at neighboring bars in Little Brazil, such as Bowlmor Times Square (W 44th between 7th and 8th Aves.). The live pay-per-view broadcast begins at 9PM ET/6PM PT.

UFC 134 takes place inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The company’s highly-anticipated return to jiu jitsu country will be headlined by a middleweight title tilt between champion Anderson Silva and Yushin Okami.

This past June, the bill to sanction MMA in the world’s largest media market was left off the New York Assembly’s agenda. It was the third straight time the petition was denied, despite passing the New York State Senate’s vote with a resounding 42-18 score the month prior.

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