California, which is home to some of the biggest MMA gyms, have been attempting to pass a bill that would ultimately change the way the UFC does business with their fighters in the state of California. UFC president Dana White says it is crazy and makes it clear that if the bill passes there will be no more UFC shows taking place in California.
“Do you know what’s going on in Sacramento, right now?” White said. “They are trying to pass this bill to raise our taxes and do a bunch of crazy (expletive) to us. They voted 4-2 for the bill. There were a couple of people not present to vote on it. If that thing passes we won’t do anymore fights in California. All kinds of crazy (expletive) they’re trying to throw in this bill for MMA. You know who’s doing it? The Culinary Union from Las Vegas. These guys have been (expletive) with us in New York, too. That’s why we’re not in New York. These guys got a bunch of lobbyists together to try to pass this bill against MMA. They are putting pressure on my partners, the Fertitta brothers, because they own the fourth-largest gaming company in the country and they are non-union.”
The UFC president is known for speaking his mind and this case is no different. If this bill passes it could mean bad news for MMA fighters and fans in the state of California as many promotions, including the California based Strikeforce, will likely stray away from doing events in the state. It will be interesting to see what happens within the next few months with this new bill that could possibly be passed.
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