Contact Us

Binghamton Could Host A Future UFC Bout

Steve Snowden/Getty Images

The head of Ultimate Fighting Championship doesn’t rule out the possibility that Binghamton could be the site of an event — if New York state legalizes professonal mixed martial arts fights.

Lorenzo Fertitta says several UFC events would be scheduled in New York if legislation to permit MMA bouts is approved.

Speaking on WNBF Radio’s Binghamton Now program, Fertitta said the UFC schedules events in venues of all sizes, so smaller venues could be the site of a future fight.

Fertitta and MMA supporters have been lobbying state lawmakers for several years to clear the way for professional bouts. Although the Senate has repeatedly given its OK, the Assembly has not voted on MMA legislation.

Fertitta said he believes the Assembly would approve a bill this session, if Speaker Sheldon Silver would allow a vote.

Silver has not permitted a floor vote. Fertitta said that’s because of the opposition of a union involved in a dispute with one of his family’s businesses in Las Vegas.

Fertitta said mixed martial arts fighting would help create jobs and generate revenue that could boost New York state’s economy.

The UFC has gained popularity in upstate New York over the past couple of years with the success of Union-Endicott High School graduate Jon Jones. He successfully defended his light heavyweight title in a bout late last month.

Best of 1290 WNBF

Recommended For You

Best Of The Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for News-Breakers Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive News-Breakers Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.