Mixed martial arts is finally legal in the Empire State. The biggest MMA promotion in the world is planning something huge for its first event in New York after a 19-year absence. Is a UFC superfight in the works?
As mentioned in our previous report, UFC chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta noted that the UFC is planning to have its first event at Madison Square Garden sometime this year. He added that other UFC events in Albany, Brooklyn, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica will also be scheduled.
However, Fertitta mentioned that the promotion is focused on making UFC 200 as big as possible. But he will make sure that the first event in New York in 19 years will be an “epic moment” for the sport of MMA.
“We’re going to put together the best available matches that we can. You’d have the biggest names that we can possibly put on, the biggest names that are available at the time. Believe me, we want to knock it out of the park and we want to deliver to New York in a big way,” Fertitta said via FOX Sports.
Which big-name fighters will be part of the card? Should there be a UFC superfight or superfights? Let’s take a look at the possibilities.
The first superstar that comes to mind is former light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones. He’s a New York-native and would draw a huge crowd.
If he defeats Daniel Cormier at UFC 197, Jones will have nothing left to prove in the division. Jon Jones’ UFC heavyweight debut in his hometown will surely get MMA fans excited.
Another UFC superfight that needs to happen should involve Conor McGregor. He’s the biggest star in the UFC right now and a lot of fans would love to see him fight, win or lose.
Other possibilities that will be good for business include Ronda Rousey’s comeback fight, Rafael dos Anjos vs. Robbie Lawler and even though it’s several years late, Georges St-Pierre vs. Anderson Silva.
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