In a recent interview with the Massachusetts-based newspaper The Patriot Ledger, UFC President Dana White revealed the UFC’s plans to hold an event in New England before the end of 2008:
“I’m going to be as bold as to say I guarantee you either we’ll be in the Boston Garden or Madison Square Garden.”
Smaller MMA events are currently permitted in Massachussetts, though the UFC would need additional regulation before an event could proceed. Earlier this week Dan Lauzon, a former-UFC fighter and younger brother of “Ultimate Fighter” standout Joe Lauzon, defeated Frank Latina in the main event of a World Championship Fighting event held in the state.
New York, meanwhile, also has to pass regulations for the sport before the UFC could hold an event in the state.