Just a few weeks ago, New York caught up with the rest of the country as it became the final state in the United States to legalize mixed martial arts. This opens the possibility for the UFC to bring events to venues like the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden.
Former middleweight champion Chris Weidman, a Long Island native, is one of many who is thrilled to finally have a chance to fight in the Big Apple.
Weidman spoke with MMAJunkie and discussed how stoked he is to see the sport brought to New York. However, he was surprised at what some of the New York Assembly said about the sport, comparing it gay porn and slavery.
“For them to finally say it publicly, I was just like, ‘Wow,’” Weidman said. “It just shows how desperate they are. There has to be someone with a thumb pushing on them to say the things that they were saying. They can’t actually believe it. They’re saying it because they’re being told to say it.”
The 113-25 vote lifted the ban on MMA that has been in place since 1997. This led to Chris Weidman, who will rematch Luke Rockhold for the middleweight title at UFC 199 in June, saying he would like his next fight to be in New York.
“I don’t know if it’s going to be Luke, but I’ll be fighting in New York my next one after this one,” he said.
Having the chance to perform in a historic venue like Madison Square Garden would be amazing for the UFC. It certainly looks like it is going to happen sooner rather than later. And for Weidman, there would be nothing greater than defending his reclaimed title in his home state.
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