“Of the 44 states that have athletic commissions, 36 regulate MMA. The New York State Athletic Commission is one of the most thorough and meticulous commissions in the country. It would be just as diligent in regulating MMA, which chairman Melvina Lathan supports.
If the bill is approved and signed by Gov. Patterson, the UFC said it will hold an event at Madison Square Garden in late 2009.
“It’s definitely inevitable and the sooner the better,” Serra said. “I think they’ll be selling out Madison Square Garden in record time. I think it’s going to be insane. I know from just walking around Manhattan and Long Island and the e-mails I get, it will be such an historic event.”
It’s an event that’s long overdue.”