The Massachusetts State Legislature has officially passed a bill that will allow the Department of Public Safety to regulate mixed martial arts in the state, according to the UFC, and they could be preparing to hold a major event at the TD Garden sooner than you might think.
In a press release sent out by the UFC, Dana White confirmed the news and added, “I am so pumped that the UFC is finally coming to Massachusetts. I guarantee that we will put on an incredible UFC® event for Boston in 2010.”
Marc Ratner, vice president of regulatory affairs for the UFC went on to tell the Boston Herald that he expected to see the UFC hold an event in Boston as early as July or August of 2010. Kenny Florian, a native of Dover, has been a big part of the UFC’s push to get MMA regulated in his home state and will more than likely be a co-feature on a card that promises to be a mega-event.
This makes Massachusetts the 42nd state to regulate MMA. Among the remaining eight that are still holding out, lays a very stubborn New York and in it the Promised Land of fight forums, Madison Square Garden. A vote is expected to take place in the NYS Legislature this summer of 2010 to determine if Governor Patterson and his band of paupers will be cashing checks endorsed by the UFC.