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UFC pushes hard for New York legalization

I’m glad to finally have something really positive to say about the UFC, since lately all there’s been is an out of control Dana White talking shit about everyone and everything. One thing he’s said that’s true though is that the UFC pours a good amount of money into improving the sport through legalization. Of course, this isn’t exactly done out of the good of the UFC’s hearts. The more markets the UFC has, the more money they can make. But hey, I’m not about to look a gift horse in the mouth.

Right now the UFC is concentrating on the state of New York with a campaign that involves lobbyists, consultants and a pretty little information website:

Zuffa, the company that acquired the championship in 2001, will unveil the Web site on Monday to argue that it has transformed the sport into more legitimate, and corporate-sponsored, entertainment.

Yet the company has been quietly laying the groundwork for months. In November, Zuffa retained the Albany lobbying firm Brown, McMahon & Weinraub for $10,000 a month, state records show. Then it hired a political consulting firm used by Gov. Eliot Spitzer, the Global Strategy Group, for media relations. For good measure, the company made a $25,000 donation to the state Democratic Party in mid-January.

The website the UFC launched is decent and while I’m sure there’ll be other people who will nitpick the whole thing, I’d say it’s exactly what needs to be presented to New York legislators. They don’t need the nitty gritty details … they need quick and simple facts they can regurgitate while lobbyists stuff hundred dollar bills into their undies.

  • Xavier

    I appreciate how they call it rather than Honestly, I’m surprised they chose MMAfacts as the URL. I would have been cold-blooded and used UFC.

  • Ross

    The best part of the MMAFacts website: “In the past five years, MMA has seen a meteoric rise in interest”

    Who could that ever remind you of?

  • Accomando

    “…firm used by Gov. Eliot Spitzer…”

    He just got busted for being part of a prostitution ring, the same rings he used to prosecute as a states attorney, wonderful democrat. Shit, the UFC would have been able to bribe him with Horseface too, now, it looks like customer #9, as Spitzer was known to his prostitutes, is done for.

  • Accomando

    “The Emperors Club”, had 50 high-priced prostitutes, with a cost of $5,500 per hour.

    Awesome name isn’t it, I mean, you know, for a prostitution ring? Hookers rated on a scale of diamonds, just awesome.

  • Zurich

    The pictures of the atheletes all in nice preppy stripped shirts cracks me up. LOL @ Jardine! Odd assortment of fighters though… you’d think Franklin, what as a teacher and someone with a grad degree (in math no less), would be all over it. Same with Carlos Newton (PhD), etc. Matt Linland, on the other hand, should NOT be the face (literally) of MMA…

  • Higgz

    I didn’t even recognize Keith Jardine.Was that an old high school photo? He hasn’t looked that studios on any UFC programming I’ve seen.

    Did anyone else find it ironic that Matt Lindland was on the page? He’s too boring to fight for Zuffa, but, since he owns an Olympic Medal he’s valueable enough to be on the website.

  • penxv

    Part of me thinks that they used the Lindland pic to say “look bitch… I’m still using your likeness.”

    Seeing as they have expressed absolutely no interest in having him back and his Olympian status is like instant credibility for an outsider.

    The sad truth is… if they don’t pay people off… it won’t get legalized.

  • Zach Smarmold

    Gotta love the anti-Zuffa geeks. If UFC didn’t mention Lindland, the same people would be on here screaming that UFC was taking all the credit for themselves and ignoring an Olympic medalist.

  • Thomas aka Hattori Hanzo

    Sweet. Madison Square Garden (if they hold an event there) is a 5 min walk from my job. Zuffa might find running an event in Madison Square Garden expensive . But… If they can go all the way to the England than they can shell out the couple of extra bucks is takes to use MSG.

  • RaginAsian

    How about a new post already….

  • Au Pair

    very nice web site. My English is not so good, so I do not understandt it well, but it seems very good. Thanks

  • kentyman

    Au Pair, if your English is not so good, you’re gonna fit right in here. Welcome!