The first stop on Fertitta and Bermudez's whirlwind tour was Talk 1300's AM radio show.
Fighting the good fight to bring MMA to New York. @lorenzofertitta @MenaceBermudez on air with @TALK1300. It's time! pic.twitter.com/9kW2lqQoJqHere are some key quotes from Fertitta during that interview:
— Christian Kernozek (@CKernozek) March 3, 2015
- "We do feel like we're closer than ever."
- "There's a lot of momentum building for our sport."
- "Really, at the end of the day, we need a Las Vegas for the East Coast, and New York could be that."
- "We don't want any tax breaks, we just want to be able to pay taxes here."
- "New York is our biggest market. We do bigger pay-per-view numbers here than any other market."
- Fertitta also stressed that MMA is a martial art that teaches disciple, and that women are into it.
Fertitta and Bermudez then appeared on the Capitol Pressroom podcast.
@lorenzofertitta & @MenaceBermudez @sarbetter on @CapPressRoom talking about this year for @MMA4NY in NYS. @UFC pic.twitter.com/lceh25pT5GFinding that particular podcast is a little tricky. so start here if you want to listen to it. The salient points of that interview include Fertitta pointing out that there were 54 amateur MMA events in New York last year, that the sport is wholly unregulated by the state, and given that Ronda Rousey is such a prominent star, it's ludicrous to say that the sport is bad for women.
— Steven Greenberg (@GreenbergPR) March 3, 2015
Here are some links to the media coverage today's junket drummed up.
- UFC's Lorenzo Fertitta: "We're hopeful that we're getting closer' to MMA legalization in New York
- Bill to legalize New York mixed martial arts advances
- Amid shifting sands, MMA advocates visit Capitol
In the words of the great Ice Cube, "It was a good day."