In 2013, we posed the question, “Has Zuffa bought its way into New York?” We took a look at the company’s history of political contributions and its efforts to lobby legislators in Albany to legalize professional cage fighting in New York State.
More than three legislative sessions later, Zuffa is still not going to be holding its first event in Madison Square Garden, Buffalo, or Syracuse, New York, this year. According to Yahoo Sports:
There is a large segment of the public in New York not interested in MMA and not taking a stance one way or another. At the same time there aren't widespread protests against the inactivity, and so members don't feel their jobs are at risk for not supporting the bill.