UFC president Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta and lightweight champ Frankie Edgar are holding a press conference about bringing the UFC to New York. Watch it LIVE at 2 pm ET/11 am PT on Facebook on AT&T U-verse's UFC tab -http://uverse.us/UFCTab, then show your support by signing the petition at http://www.mmafacts.com/petition.
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- Stream is up, no one front and center yet, but some charts can be seen to the right of the podium. Looks like we're going to get schooled today.
- Stream dropped out, we come back and have Lorenzo Fertitta discussing monetary worth of UFC events, and how he feels it's time for New York to legalize so they can bring the show not only to New York City, but upstate as well.
- Scott O'neil comes up, says a few positive words about Dana White and Lorenzo, and now shares the story of his trip to UFC 111, where he met Frankie Edgar.
- Scott's story is one familiar to me, he's giving the feel good "they made a fan out of me" story, touching on the event itself, the fights, and the sportsmanship in the cage.
- Dana White: "It's the most exciting live sporting event you'll ever see."
- Frankie Edgar comes up, talks about being a New York sports fan.
- Edgar says that he loves fighting in Jersey, but it can't compare to fighting in New York.
- The floor is now open for questions, New York Post starts by asking if Dana White is frustrated with New York legislation.
- Dana White is asked about the reasoning behind the sport not being legalized yet, and White says he's got no idea, goes on to say there's no reason it shouldn't be legalized, and that the people against it need to do their homework.
- Franklin McNeil brings up that MMA has been fought for in New York for years now, and asks Dana what he's going to do to push through and get it done. Not sure if McNeil knows that he's at a big press conference directed solely at getting the sport legalized in New York, but someone may want to inform him.
- A reporter brings up that early last year there was a poll that showed 62% were opposed to MMA's legalization in New York, Dana shoots that down asking who was polled, and guarantees that if it was the 18-34 demographic, it'd be 100% for legalizing.
- The UFC's economic rep expects 60-70 MMA events annually in New York once legalized.
- A reporter asks what regulations there are that can prevent serious injury since you are "adding kicking and punching to martial arts". White says the sport is government regulated, tries to answer this odd question.
- After Dana answers a question about the UFC's presence in New York, to which Dana said it will be the same as it has been with advertisements and parties, the presser comes to an end.