Yesterday UFC President Dana White confirmed that the promotion will look to make a stop in Philadelphia before the year is out. This announcement comes just less than a week after the state of Pennsylvania officially ratified the rules and regulations of mixed martial arts for the state.
In regards to Philadelphia playing host to the UFC, White had this to say:
It’s a big fight town, always has been. When you talk about Las Vegas, you talk about New York, Philadelphia is one of them too. The Blue Horizon, I saw some of the best boxing ever from the Blue Horizon in Philly. It’s a big fight town.
This interest in putting on a fight in the “City of Brotherly Love” shows that even with the UFC growing global expansion, they are still looking to expand their markets in the US as well. Along that same vein, the UFC president also continued to speak of the promotion’s desire to host an event in New York City before the end of 2009, as well as mentioning hopes to hold a “Fight Night” event in Buffalo. The likelihood of those wishes being realized continues to rest on the shoulders of the New York State Legislator, which has yet to lift the state’s ban on MMA.