Sam Caplan over at Five Ounces has won the race to figure out what the fuck the UFC’s big announcement was going to be: MMA’s legalization in the state of New York. I’m glad someone sorted it out, because the announcement was being delayed until next Tuesday. This turned out to be on account of the bill to legalize the sport being shot down hardcore by the Committee for Tourism, Arts, and Sports Development of New York. Zonk!
So right now phone calls are being made and lobbyists are greasing the wheels for another vote on the bill to take place ASAP. But now that we know what the big secret was supposed to be, we no longer have to worry that it’s going to be something horrific.
**UPDATE** I’m going to steal a comment from a user over at MMAJunkie.com:
NY sanctioning, while huge, is not:
Out of left field
Going to change the landscape of MMA for the next 5 years
Something that should be privately announced to UFC employees
Already a done deal.
So perhaps Sammy boy was wrong when he said “This web site has also learned that the possible legalization of Mixed Martial Arts in the state of New York was the planned announcement that UFC president Dana White had hinted at during an interview that was published on ESPN.com last week.” Me personally, I think he’s right. Dana’s had a boner for getting legalized in NYC forever, so if his hyperbole seems extreme … well, he has been known to slightly exaggerate things to a degree from time to time. What’s that thing he said about Fedor again?