UFC is on a roll these days. After being recently legalized in New York, the latest UFC news is that UFC is in talks with Yankee Stadium.
UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta while speaking to Newsday revealed that the company is eyeing Yankee Stadium for next summer.
“There’s a bunch of other venues we want to go to,” said Fertitta. “We want to go to Barclays, we’ve had discussions with Yankee Stadium to do something next summer there.”
A Yankees spokesperson told Newsday that they are “planning to meet” with UFC, but now, no official meeting has been held.
Yankees stadium has a seating capacity of 54,251.
The recent UFC news of MMA being legalized in New York has already taken the sport to new heights. And if UFC holds a fight card at Yankee Stadium, then it will undoubtedly make the event one of a kind.
MMA has been made legal in New York after a ban of 19 years. UFC will make its New York debut on Nov 12 this year.
“Welcome to New York, we’re glad to have you,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said after signing the bill.
The ceremony held at Madison Square Garden was attended by Fertitta, Ronda Rousey and Chris Weidman.
“We’ve been working on Nov. 12 now for about a month or two,” Fertitta said. “Getting a date at MSG is no easy deal. I mean, this is one of the busiest arenas in the world, obviously. So we were able to get that date, we said do it, lock it in, and that’s what we’re shooting for.”
Jon Jones, Chris Weidman, Rashad Evans and Conor McGregor are expected to be part of the fight card when UFC makes its NYC debut. Ronda Rousey who is on an Octagon break after UFC 193 loss is also expected to make her return on Nov 12.
UFC is also planning to host at least four events in New York every year within the first three years of legalization.
“All of those venues all supported us, actually every venue throughout the state has been in support,” Fertitta said.