The Ultimate Fighting Championship, better known as UFC, has been a huge hit with audiences across America -- and around the world. UFC is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, claims a global audience of over 1 billion and is broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, in 30 different languages.
But, to date, UFC hasn’t been able to get a license in New York, home to Madison Square Garden, a.k.a. ‘the World’s Most Famous Arena’ and the scene of some of history’s greatest boxing matches -- as well as pro and amateur wrestling, and Muy Thai kickboxing.
“We’re legal in 49 of 50 states and everywhere else around the world,” UFC chairman & CEO Lorenzo Fertitta tells me in the accompanying video. “It’s strange, odd – the only place we’re not allowed is New York.”
Even stranger, perhaps, is why UFC hasn’t (yet) made it here: Union opposition from across the country with no link to athletics of any kind.
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