Is the Culinary Union Keeping Mixed Martial Arts Out of New York?


The UFC has been waiting. Fighters have been waiting. Fans have been waiting.

It seems nearly everyone has been waiting for mixed martial arts sanctioning to pass through the government in the state of New York.

So what’s the hold up? Believe it or not, says UFC president Dana White, it’s the Culinary Union that’s behind the stalling of legislation to legalize MMA in the state.

“It has nothing to do with Mixed Martial Arts, of all things, it’s the Culinary Union that’s keeping us out of New York,” White told radio hosts Boomer and Craig on WFAN earlier this week. “They’re powerful guys here.”

Why would the Culinary Union have anything to do with trying to slow or block the legalization of MMA in New York?

White believes it is because his partners at Zuffa (the company that owns the UFC), Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, are also involved in the casino business. Their company, Station Casinos, is one of the largest non-union casino companies in the United States.

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