The state of New York didn’t regulate mixed martial arts until 2016 with the first event not taking place there until UFC 205 back in November.
Since then, the MMA leader has had three events and the World Series of Fighting had an event there on New Years Eve.
The third UFC event took place on Saturday night from the Barlcays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Controversy came from the event. Judges scoring was all over the place, most notably in the co-main event between Anderson Silva and Derek Brunson, in where Silva got the unanimous decision victory by scores of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.
Then you had the incidents in the main event between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie when the Dutch striker hit Holm after the bell in the second and third rounds with referee Todd Anderson only giving a warning to de Randamie after the incident between rounds three and four.
Fighters, fans and media alike showed their displeasure for what happened at UFC 208. Those include former UFC heavyweight fighter and host of “The Fighter and The Kid” podcast, Brendan Schaub who had a warning for UFC fighters.
Also, if I was a champion or contender I would NOT fight in New York. They clearly are not ready for this level of mixed martial arts.
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) February 13, 2017
Does Schaub have a point? One would think the New York Athletic Commission will get it together and do so rather quickly.
The next event in the state takes place at UFC 210 on April 8 from the KeyBank Center in Buffalo headlined by Daniel Cormier defending the light heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson.