Lorenzo Fertitta guarantees title fight for NYC debut, Ronda Rousey 'a possibility'
The UFC finally has a date set for its New York City debut later this year. The promotion announced UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12 shortly after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on a bill legalizing MMA in the state of New York. And UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta wants fans to know that they can look forward to a stacked card with at least one title fight.
MMAFighting's Luke Thomas caught up with Fertitta in New York, where the UFC boss hinted that even Ronda Rousey could be involved.
"It's certainly a possibility (Ronda Rousey is on the card)," Fertitta told Thomas. "Nothing has been determined yet. We'll kind of see what happens. I can tell you that whatever card we do bring, it will be massive. It'll be a big card with our biggest names."
And when asked if he could guarantee a title fight, Fertitta responded, "Yes, I would say that (a title fight) will happen."
The UFC has been working on legalizing MMA in New York for almost two decades. But despite the amount of time it took to assembly members to come around, the promotion quickly found a spot to host its first event in the Big Apple.
"We've been working on Nov. 12 now for about a month or two. Getting a date at MSG is no easy deal. I mean, this is one of the busiest arenas in the world, obviously. So we were able to get that date, we said do it, lock it in, and that's what we're shooting for."
We're excited to see what type of card the UFC puts together for such a monumental event.