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New York Tells UFC to Go F*ck Themselves, Basically

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("This one. Right up your ass.")

Despite a high-profile appearance at Madison Square Garden last month in which the UFC announced its intentions to bring MMA to New York State — as well as a reported $75,000 in palm-grease to Andrew Cuomo’s gubernatorial campaign — MMA Payout broke the news last night that Governor Cuomo neglected to include a provision in the state’s 2011-2012 budget that would sanction MMA in New York. In fact, Cuomo’s Executive Budget actually proposes eliminating the chairperson of the state athletic commission altogether. So not only is the Governor not backing MMA as Zuffa had hoped, he doesn’t seem to have a high opinion of combat sports in general. 

At this point, the MMA ban in New York can still be lifted through the more traditional route of a legislative bill — of which there are currently two in the assembly and one in the senate, all awaiting review — but we saw how well that worked last time. Making MMA part of the state budget was supposed to be the easy way in, and it just ain’t happening. If I were Dana White, I’d be furious right now. Money has been donated. Big press conferences have been held. And now, the current timetable of MMA regulation in New York is: Who freakin’ knows?

MMAJunkie passes along some somber words from the Baldfather himself:

The news drew frustration today from UFC president Dana White, who said he is "done with predictions in New York."

"Absolutely," White told when asked whether the exclusion was a setback. "It’s just one of those things.

"At the end of the day, do we really need New York? No. But New York should be open. We should be able to do it."…

White said feedback on the promotion’s current lobbying efforts has been "all positive."

Clearly, though, today’s news revealed a divide between rhetoric and the political realities of the financially strapped state.

"New York is just such a crazy place to navigate politically," he said. "We all know it’s ridiculous that this thing isn’t sanctioned in New York."…

While White executive refuses to give up the fight to get UFC events into New York, you won’t hear him giving any predictions on when that will become a reality.

"Whenever it happens, it happens," White said.

Considering the toxic political environment in New York, we’re not holding our breath that MMA legalization will just "happen" one day. But with three bills floating around the legislature, there’s always hope for a miracle…

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knucklesamitch- February 4, 2011 at 7:25 am
You know how much Pinkberry Dana could have bought with that $75k...He IS pissed.
noizy- February 4, 2011 at 6:55 am
"New York is just such a crazy place to navigate politically," he said. "We all know it's ridiculous that this thing isn't sanctioned in New York."...

Yea. It's so complicated we don't know who to bribe anymore.
El Famous Burrito- February 4, 2011 at 5:17 am
Man, if the son of Mario Cuomo can't be trusted, who can we trust?

Nut Puncher 9000- February 4, 2011 at 3:44 am
No Offense but does anyone here listen to the news? Pick up a newspaper? Want to know wtf is happening in America?

Can anyone of you fathom what would happen to his political career right now if he just budgeted money for a sport that isn't even sanctioned in his state? New York, Illinois, California, etc have to make BIG cuts or they are fucked. At the very least that would be dooming his re-election and this guy LIKES politics. Trust me, under the table this guy will pressure the legislatures to pass it so he can come out looking good for the UFC and still keep his job.

Red Baron- February 4, 2011 at 1:05 am
Q-homo is a loser. Congrats on wasting $75k, Dana.
Joe-Say Aldo- February 3, 2011 at 11:26 pm
Took the UFC's money and then did the opposite of what the UFC wanted. That is some Clay Davis type shit right there.
myklhoey- February 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm
truthfully that sucks, cause i would have lovd to see how may seats they would have filled at MSG.
i think its real fuckin weird that they make a big deal out of this shit when in time there ginna have to cave.
im sayin, i believe that this sport will be bigga than the rockin wrestlin days off wwf and the nwo days of wcw, and bigga than hockey, baseball, i dont no if it will eva beat out a superbowl, it would have to grow a huge fan, both hardcore and every now and agian watchers, and put on a fuckin mega event. but i do think it will be if not # 1 the # 2 sport in america in the next 5 years.

DangadaDang- February 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm
Its funny because as a NY'er all my life (Upstate/the real New York not the City) I always like to rip on people from Boston, Jersey, etc. But stuff like this combined with all of bullshit laws and taxes, and the fact that dickhead Cuommo is in charge really makes me like Boston a little more. Not Jersey though, seriously fuck those guys.
myklhoey- February 3, 2011 at 5:58 pm
I'm from Boston, and we been sayin fuck NY even when it was named, wammbalookcyso.
fuck the jets
cursed5- February 3, 2011 at 4:51 pm
Yeah! Fuck a Luke Cummo!
Waxedpants- February 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm
I have been in and out of nyc since I was a kid but never lived there . Therefore I feel completely comfortable saying it is a giant shit hole of human insanity and the idea that the politicians there think mma isn't acceptable is laughably ridiculous.
portland mma- February 3, 2011 at 3:22 pm
@ get off me
Oh, hi Shawn

The Fertitta's need to use their so called mob connections and have pauley and one-sock wilson talk to these politicians.
KarmaAteMyCat- February 3, 2011 at 3:16 pm
I would love to live in NY again and actually make a living doing what I love it's just not going to happen anytime soon.
Get Off Me- February 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm
@portland mma
I'm sure Shawn is school smart, but if anyone thinks 75k is going anywhere in the political world......

Looks like Dana treated this sanctioning like one of his FOTN, SOTN or KOTN.
portland mma- February 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm
@ agentsmith

Fightlinker was the first site I really ever started posting on years ago, but then when Shawn started writing I quit going there...think i got tired of getting into an argument with someone who prefaced all their statements with "well I go to law school so..." I will check out your stuff over there though haven't been back in forever.
portland mma- February 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Fuck Rivers Cuomo too.
RwilsonR- February 3, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Fuck a Bob Reilly! Fuck a Andrew Cuomo! For that matter, fuck a Mario Cuomo, and any other fucking Cuomo!

agentsmith- February 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm
^^ Whenever he gets around to it.

I do though. Dig it:
agentsmith- February 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm
As Ryan at Fightlinker so poetically put: if money was lube, the UFC has greased up the New York political system like one of those pornos where they just pour baby oil all over the chick's ass.

But apparently the whore still won't let them penetrate. WTF?
portland mma- February 3, 2011 at 2:18 pm
@ agentsmith

does shawn still write for fightlinker?
portland mma- February 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm
What other states is MMA not sanctioned in? Tried to find it online but all I found was a bunch of d bags arguing in sherdog forums.

Maine Blazer- February 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm
"And this is what I offered for them to sit on!"
DeepHalf- February 3, 2011 at 2:05 pm
New Jersey and Pennsylvania politicians rejoice.
intercept440- February 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm
come on anyone surprised?

typical new york attitude... superiority complex
shitbag- February 3, 2011 at 1:56 pm
Here's a couple words to everyone involved in politics:

Fuck You.