Statement from CEO of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
“We are pleased that the Governor recognizes the enormous positive economic impact legalizing mixed martial arts (MMA) could have for creating jobs for New Yorkers and spurring economic activity in communities across the state. UFC is committed to being a major part of that activity.
“Once MMA is legalized in New York and properly regulated by the State Athletic Commission, UFC plans to hold a minimum of 4 events per year for the next three years, with more than half of those events taking place in cities across upstate New York. I have toured the cities and arenas upstate. I have been to Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Albany and would look forward to attending UFC events in all of those cities.
“And I know that UFC is not alone among MMA promoters looking to do events in New York. Bellator and World Series of Fighting, to name just two, are as eager as we are to put on shows in New York. California and Ohio both have scores of MMA events every year and there is no reason to assume New York would be any different.
“UFC 129 in Toronto two years ago generated approximately $40 million in economic activity for that city over the course of the several days we were there. Saturday night we will be in Montreal. Next month we will be in New Jersey.
“Now, we look forward to providing jobs at arenas and generating tens of millions of dollars in economic activity for communities across New York.”