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Fightweets: Is UFC 200 or MSG debut the bigger show?

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The New York State Assemby in Albany filled the void on a slow news week Tuesday, providing fight fans following along via live stream the same sort of free entertainment, equal parts hilarious and maddening, that we usually only get from the Nevada Athletic Commission.

At the end of a far-too-long day, though, New York did the right thing and took a giant step toward becoming the 50th state to legalize mixed martial arts. This was by far the biggest news item of the week, so we’ll take a look at MMA’s New York state of mind and a few here-and-there items in this week’s Fightweets.

Bigger: UFC 200 or MSG?

@hunt5588: What will be a bigger spectacle, UFC 200 or the first card at MSG?

Obviously, UFC 200 is going to be a big deal. It’s not just about the nice, round number. When people ask “what’s the big deal about UFC 200?” they tend to gloss over that this is the first major MMA event at the T-Mobile Arena. Las Vegas’ “home teams,” so to speak, are UNLV, the UFC, and Floyd Mayweather. Mayweather’s allegedly retired, and UNLV basketball will be out of season by the time the joint opens, so that leaves the UFC free to show off their hometown’s state-of-the-art new arena to the sports world. Of course they’re going to load it up and make it a big show. The arena is a big a reason as any we’re talking about an immediate Nate Diaz-Conor McGregor rematch.

Still, though, there’s something to be said about first-time shows in major markets. The Honda Center in Anaheim absolutely rocked for Tito Ortiz fighting at home in Orange County against Forrest Griffin in the UFC’s first California show at UFC 59. Likewise the Montreal debut, at UFC 83, when the crowd went nuts ….View full article

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