The UFC has set a date for an Event at Madison Square Garden, April 23rd 2016 despite a current ban on MMA in the State of New York.
New York is the only state to impose a ban on the sport of MMA. The UFC have been campaigning for some time to lift the ban but have been unsuccessful. The UFC are now pursuing an injunction against the New York State officials for an ‘unconstitutional’ law that is banning MMA events from taking place in New York.
UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Epstein said, ‘We believe fight fans have waited long enough to experience live UFC events in the state of New York and we are thrilled to announce our first event at Madison Square Garden. Professional MMA is legal around the world and it is about time New York followed suit.’
If a federal judge does not grant an injunction then the event will not take place. If it does, then this event at the famous Madison Square Garden will go down as a historic event for the UFC.