The show is slated for Nov. 2013, even though the sport of mixed martial arts is still banned in New York.
"I plan on being in New York in 2013 for the UFC's 20th anniversary," UFC President Dana White said. "That's my goal. We're working hard on it like we always were. Our goal is to get into New York in November for the 20th anniversary at Madison Square Garden. We got a card planned. We got some stuff planned. We just gotta get past these scumbag gangster union guys. We'll see what happens."
Hotel union "Unite Here" has engaged in an ongoing feud with the co-owners of the UFC, and that's one of the main reasons why the UFC is still banned in the Big Apple.
Assemblyman Bob Reilly has also been linked to campaign contributions from the union.
"Unite Here is one of very many unions and if you go through the contributions that have been made to me, I would suppose aside from the Democratic Party which received much of their contributions from labor unions, you'll find many other unions contributing to me," Reilly said. "I don't know the connection. Let's take your logic, ‘Bob Reilly isn't going to support the hotel workers in Las Vegas, but go against the hotel workers in New York.' In other words, you made the argument not me that the hotel workers in New York would support this because it would bring in more hotel things. So what would their purpose be? ‘Oh they're concerned about the people in Las Vegas?' I don't think so."