New York State passed landmark legislation on Tuesday, becoming the final U.S. state to legalize mixed martial arts competition.
In response to the legislation passing, the UFC issued a statement and held a media conference call featuring many of the organization’s executives and former middleweight champion and New York native Chris Weidman. Bellator MMA sent out and press release, and World Series of Fighting sent out a statement.
World Series of Fighting CEO Carlos Silva made the following remarks:
“This is an exciting and historic day for our great sport. Those who have been lobbying for the legalization of MMA in NY State, including World Series of Fighting’s new COO Michael Mersch, should be commended for their persistence and commitment to seeing through the passage of legislation that will finally allow fans to watch live MMA in the Empire State, and fighters to compete there. We recently opened an office in Manhattan so, along with our television partner, NBC, we are looking forward to bringing our brand of professional MMA to New York very soon.”