Dana White Comments On The Most Disgusting Part Of New York's Lack of MMA Regulation
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.26.2014
Including the unsanctioned fights...
Bloody Elbow recently spoke with Dana White about a report from Deadspin over the various problems with amateur MMA in New York, which includes various diseases (HIV, Hepatitis and others) and more.
When asked if the sport will ever be legalized in the city, White said: "I have no hopes, no aspirations - nothing as far as New York goes. We'll keep fighting. We'll keep going in and doing our thing, and one of these days that place will straighten up, and we'll get it."
While professional MMA is illegal in the state, a loophole means that amateur MMA events can still happen. This allows for shows to happen without regulating bodies, which creates fighters getting diseases from bleeding and competing with injuries when they would otherwise be banned. White said he hadn't read the Deadspin story but new about some of the problems mentioned.
He added: "It's tough to argue what the most disgusting part of New York is, but I'd say the worst thing is all these fights are happening unsanctioned. They're not stopping these fights. This guy in New York (Assemblyman Sheldon Silver) is actually making things a lot more dangerous for people that live in New York."
White blamed Silver and the Culinary Workers Union Local 226 as why the UFC can't get the sport legalized in the state. He denied that it was taking more time because of the amount of money the UFC spent on lobbying and campaign contributions. In a 2013 report by the Daily News (you can find it here, Zuffa LLC (owner of the UFC) spent over a million on lobbying and gave over $500,000 in campaign contributions to New york politicians since 2007. White said there was "no way" it was taking longer so the money could keep going in. The Daily News also reported that it was "unlikely" the sport would be legalized in New York this year.