UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta today announced that, with the passing of a bill to legalize MMA in New York, Madison Square Garden will host NY’s first ever UFC event on November 12th.
Fertitta announced the news at today’s signing of the bill by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Among those in attendance were former middleweight champ Chris Weidman and former women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey.
Though a date has now been set in stone, no bouts were announced for the card.
With the bill having now been passed by the NY Assembly and signed by Governor Cuomo, all that is left is for the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) to put the necessary regulations in place within the next 120 days.
The UFC’s first visit to the world-famous MSG arena is expected to be one of the biggest MMA events in the sport’s history, if not the biggest. With many top fighters hailing from the state, including former champions Weidman and Jon Jones, the card will likely be stacked with big-name local talent.