Dana White: New York City or Boston Will Host a UFC Event in 2008


Dana WhiteAlthough neither state currently sanctions mixed-martial arts, New York or Massachusetts — or more specifically, New York City or Boston — will host a UFC event in 2008, UFC President Dana White guarantees.

The UFC’s head honcho made the promise in today’s edition of The Patriot Ledger.

“I’m going to be as bold as to say I guarantee you either we’ll be in the Boston Garden or Madison Square Garden (by the end of the year),” White told the newspaper.

New York City’s Madison Square Garden is one of the sporting world’s most legendary venues. The 20,000-capacity arena initially rose to fame by hosting classic boxing events. The Boston Garden (officially named the TD Banknorth Garden) is a 19,600-capacity venue that opened in 1995.

However, the UFC only hosts events in states that regulate the sport under the organization’s current rules. To date, the UFC has never hosted an event in New York City, where the sport isn’t regulated, or Massachusetts, which permits only a handful of MMA shows each year through special licenses.

In fact, White will be at one of those rare Massachusetts events on Friday when World Championship Fighting hosts an event at Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington. Former UFC fighter Dan Lauzon meets late replacement Frank Latina in the night’s main event, and an array of notable fighters — including Marcus Davis, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Kenny Florian — will be on hand to sign autographs. White is scheduled to be a special guest at the show.

Currently, 32 U.S. states and the District of Columbia sanction MMA, though a handful of additional states are in or near the final stages of approval.

Although the UFC has ventured to a few new destinations in the past couple years, the number is expected to grow substantially this year. Additionally, White has promised that UFC Fight Night events — once held only in Nevada, Florida and California — will travel to new locales in 2008. Colorado, for example, will host UFC Fight Night 13 — its first UFC event in more than 12 years — on April 2.

For more information about other potential destinations for the UFC, check out the UFC Host Cities archives here on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 27 days ago
  • 39 views

At this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 48 event in Macau, UFC President Dana White took the odd step of relieving a judge of his duties mid-event. Ben Fowlkes believes that’s a move that can’t contin read news >>

  • 23 days ago
  • 11 views

When Renan Barao withdrew from his main event bout with T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 177, he gave up his right to an immediate rematch for the bantamweight title. read news >>

  • 22 days ago
  • 31 views

SACRAMENTO – UFC President Dana White spent some time with the media following Saturday’s UFC 177 event at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Watch a video of the full session.Filed under: Featu read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 5 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog read news >>

  • 18 days ago
  • 4 views

Henry Cejudo isn't giving up on his UFC dream just yet. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist, who withdrew from his scheduled UFC debut last Friday in Sacramento, Calif., due to medical issues related to h read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 3 views

Despite UFC President Dana White initially looking in another direction, Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping are going to have an opportunity to settle their differences after all. #UFCFightNight heads read news >>

  • 16 days ago
  • 3 views

The worldwide leader for mixed martial arts and UFC news, MMA News, UFC Rumors, MMA Rankings, Interviews, Videos, UFC Results, and UFC Blog read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 28 views

Dana White was back in front of the cameras on Saturday (Aug. 23, 2014) after the UFC Fight Night 48 event, which aired on Fight Pass digital network from inside Ventian's CotaiArena in Macau, China read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 78 views

Watch Dana White field questions from the assembled media in Macau, China earlier today after the UFC Fight Night: Bisping vs. Le event. read news >>