NEW YORK – Among the fighters in attendance to watch New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo official sign off on the bill to legalize MMA in the state on Thursday was Aljamain Sterling — the Long Island-based fighter who’s waited a long time for this day to come.
Sterling, who was among fellow New York-based fighters Chris Weidman, Ryan LaFlare, Dennis Bermudez and Chris Wade, was all smiles to be one step closer to competing at Madison Square Garden.
“This is a historic moment for sure, and I’m excited about it,” he told MMA Fighting. “My whole thing is I can’t wait to inspire the next young fighters from my hometown. I got a bunch of kids who would like the opportunity just to able to dabble in a sport like this. It’s going to be a great opportunity not just for me but for everybody, great opportunities across the board.”
As part of the historic day that capped a 10-year campaign by the UFC to get MMA legalized in the Empire State, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta announced that the first event would be held at MSG on Nov. 12 – exactly 23 years from the first ever UFC, held in Denver back in 1993.
And the 26-year-old Sterling thought that the UFC should make what will be known as UFC 205 a showcase of New York talent.
“You know what I think they should do?” he said. “It should be like a New York against the world kind of thing. I think that would be awesome. I think that would be the dopest thing ever.”
The UFC did something similar for its return to Brazil after a decade away at UFC 134 back in 2011. That card, which was headlined by Anderson Silva and Japan’s
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