The fact that the UFC 159 media gathering took place at Madison Square Garden on Thursday wasn't by chance.
MSG remains a target -- even if the chances have dimmed -- to host the UFC 20th anniversary. First, the state needs to finally legalize professional mixed martial arts.
A bill that would pave the way for the fight targeted for later this year has passed the senate and has the backing of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but has been stalled in the state assembly.
Thus, Saturday's event, much like a potential 20th anniversary card, has been forced just over the Hudson River to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Here are the five rounds from the media session:
Round 1: Not street legal
UFC president Dana White took the same bleak tone when it came to whether New York would legalize professional MMA as he did last week at UFC on FOX 7.
"It is what it is now," White said. "It's ridiculous. It's pathetic. What are you going to do?"
UFC co-owner Loren...