In a Thursday press conference held at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden, UFC president Dana White and UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta made their intentions known loud and clear.

The UFC re-affirmed its plans to see through the legalization of mixed martial arts in the state of New York, and according to UFC brass, MMA fans can expect the Empire State to host at least two events – including one at Madison Square Garden – within the first year of legal promotion in the state.

“This sport is global, and we think it’s time we should be able to hold events in New York,” Fertitta said.

“I’ve spent a lot of my carer around professional athletes, and I’ve never seen anything like a saw that day,” O’Neil recounted. “We cant wait for this to be sanctioned here.”

New York assemblyman Dean Murray, who was also on hand, said he has already contacted Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in hopes of the inclusion of MMA regulation on the state’s upcoming budget – a step Murray said would streamline the entire process.

Source: MMAJunkie