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UFC Announces “Fight for the Troops” and Appeals to New York’s Pocketbook

(Guess who’s fixing to fight for some troops. Also, for money.)

It’s a busy day for the UFC’s PR staff, as they sent out one release officially announcing the December 10 “UFC Fight for the Troops” event in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and another to alert the state of New York to just how much money they’re losing by not legalizing MMA.

The “Fight for the Troops” card will air live on Spike TV and is headlined by Josh Koscheck vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida, and also includes Mike Swick-Jonathan Goulet and Frankie Edgar-Matt Wiman. From the press release:

The special live UFC fight card will raise funds to build a hospital for traumatic brain injuries for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces. Thousands of soldiers from nearby Fort Bragg, the proud home of the U.S. Airborne and Special Operations Forces, will be in attendance. More information about the facility, including ways to donate, can be found online at or by calling 1-800-340-HERO

The fight card also showcases five current UFC fighters who are all U.S. military veterans, including Luigi Fioravanti, Tim Credeur, Dale Hartt, Brandon Wolff, and Steve Bruno. An additional fight will be added to the main event and announced at a later date.

The day’s other UFC release serves as a not-so-subtle reminder to New York that they’re missing out on millions of dollars by keeping MMA away from their state. And it’s not just New York City that the UFC has their eye on.

According to the UFC’s press release, a study conducted by HR&A Advisors (which you can download here) concluded that New York City stands to gain $11.5 million in “net new” economic spending, and the city of Buffalo would see $5.2 million.

“At a time when the New York economy is in crisis, it would be a mistake for the state to miss out on the considerable revenue that our events would generate. UFC®’s popularity is surging, our fan base is expanding, and our presence is growing. We are eager to bring both the excitement of our new sport as well as its major tax and tourist revenue to New York State,” said Marc Ratner, UFC® Vice President for Government and Regulatory Affairs. “We look forward to being able to meet the tremendous demand that exists for our events in upstate New York as well as New York City.”

In other words, they’re spelling out what everyone already knows: big UFC events in your city mean big money, and everyone likes money. There’s also some information about local job creation, tourism, and tax revenue. For instance, if NYC would like an extra $400,000 in tax revenue, this study estimates they could make that much per event. Just in case they’re interested in that, and it sounds like the new Athletic Commission Chairwoman may very well be.

So get it together, New York. Or else keep holding underground events that generate zero tax revenue and get panned by the local Fox news station. Your call.

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UFC fan- November 11, 2008 at 3:45 am
Why does Walrus even talk MMA when he doesn't know shit? You must be Tuf gay in disguise?
Why don't you just not type anymore if that is all you got, you are pathetic, and useless!

Hey how does it feel to have your posts fucked with for no reason fuckwit?
walrus- November 10, 2008 at 10:28 pm
I'm only really interested in watching Frankie Edgar and Tim Credeur fight.

Edgar usually puts on a great fight -- I see him going really far in the not so distant future.
Kos Check Deez Nuts- November 10, 2008 at 6:19 pm
Koscheck looks like a cross dressing homosexual.
Anonymous- November 10, 2008 at 11:20 am
While I agree it is for a GREAT cause im more happy that we will get to see Koschek get force fed again!! i know hes American and all but i can't stand that mufukker. unfortunately you will have one more dead soldier to bury on that day!!
mac mac- November 10, 2008 at 4:58 am
I agree with Deryl. Some of the posts look like that idiot cr_trinity's who is afraid to post again cause no one likes him and he ran off with his tail between his legs. TUF GUY's post don't have his normal zing and I think cr_trinity may have changed his name to boober but also posting as TUF GUY.'re still a freakin idiot no matter what name you're using!!!! UFC New York...make it happen.

PS: US troops ROCK!!!!
pillow- November 10, 2008 at 3:07 am
I cant wait to see Matt Wiman again, I enjoy this.
B- November 9, 2008 at 11:10 pm
UFC 100 at the Garden anybody?
Derly- November 9, 2008 at 10:35 pm
@TUF Guy
Pics or you're really 6'3" and 204 lbs!

Also is that the real TUF Guy? I think we the option to register accounts for posting comments. As well as being able to just pick a name a random. That way when a comment is from a registered account you know that's the real person.

Because I could be any of the following...
- TUF Guy
- Jay Smith
- Imbecile
- Dru Down
- boober
- Shawn

PS - I just "borrowed" one of my the drug tests my parents bought and passed! It's amazing how long THC metabolites stay in the system of a heavy recreational smoker... Whats even more amazing though is how fast my metabolism gets rid of metabolites of MDMA lol.
Shawn- November 9, 2008 at 9:54 pm
I can't wait for this shit to get legalized in NY.
Jay Smith- November 9, 2008 at 9:48 pm
@ Imbecile
I've supported the UFC since Royce Gracie won the first one. I wasn't hating on the UFC, I was just saying that it's obvious they saved their premier fighters for their pay-per-view events. They have some really decent fighters on this card, and once again, I think it's for a GREAT cause, but it will be nothing like UFC 92.
P.S. Fuck $kala!!!
boober- November 9, 2008 at 9:38 pm
oh yeah american troops still over there, i forgot
Dru Down- November 9, 2008 at 9:37 pm
That study look really soft. When you compare it to the current tourist spending and the state budget it really isn't very much money at all.

According to this site...

...NY state has a budget of $80 billion for fiscal year '08-09. The UFC study shown that a Buffalo show would bring in less that $400k in tax revenue, and a NY city show would bring in less than $1 mil. That's not exactly solving the "economic crisis" by my estimates.

Secondly, does the UFC realize exactly how much tourist revenue already comes into the state through NYC? They clearly do, because they tried to create a comparison between their show and some art presentation that raked in $60 mil (versus their $11mil) over a 3 month period. What they failed to point out was that this was a "passive" tourist exhibit, whereas their "active" event would call for traffic control, a police presence, and numerous other costs that don't appear in the report.

In addition, at least 30% of that revenue would go back to the UFC, and would be summarily funnelled back to some accounts in Vegas, rather than the NY economy.

Don't get me wrong, I think there are plenty of good reasons why they should hold MMA events in NY- the "financial impact" isn't one of them.
Imbecile- November 9, 2008 at 9:28 pm
Yeah it is a so-so card, but it is being put on entirely at the UFC's expense. They are paying the fighter's salaries and expenses, as well as promotional expenses that go along with a big show, all for a fantastic cause!

Hate on the UFC all you want, but I don't think $kala would ever do anything like this for our troops, and for our fallen heroes!
Jay Smith- November 9, 2008 at 9:19 pm
So, so card, but for a great cause!
TUF Guy- November 9, 2008 at 9:00 pm
I look so jacked because I'm only 4'11". In reality, I only weigh 135 lbs.