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Boston, get ready-UFC is officially on the way. Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick today signed into law a bill, versions of which were previously approved by the House and Senate, that calls for the Massachusetts State Boxing Commission to become the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission and oversee MMA events. The move opens the door for the UFC to host a long-anticipated event in Boston. No word on how quickly the state may be ready to begin its regulatory duties but it sound like summer '10 is still on for UFC and Dana is excited-"Words cannot describe. ... [New York] is next!"

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Post #1   11/30/09 7:45:22PM   

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i wouldn't be surprised if dana white announces an event in boston tomorrow. he's wanted this for a long time.

Post #2   12/1/09 12:04:55AM   

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Way to go guys....you heard the pop!

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Fenway would be perfect to set it off.

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Post #5   12/1/09 8:25:55AM   

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Posted by Gogoplatapus

Fenway would be perfect to set it off.



I can't see it ever happening. It's impossible to predict Mother Nature. Could you imagine what would happen if the event were to be cancelled due to inclement weather such as thunderstorms, rain. Or can you imagine the effect that high humidity would have on fighters?

I think controlled climates are preferred, if not mandated.

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Posted by emfleek


Posted by Gogoplatapus

Fenway would be perfect to set it off.



I can't see it ever happening. It's impossible to predict Mother Nature. Could you imagine what would happen if the event were to be cancelled due to inclement weather such as thunderstorms, rain. Or can you imagine the effect that high humidity would have on fighters?

I think controlled climates are preferred, if not mandated.



It would look something like this

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And WWE has held major events outdoors. Boxing has done it too, if need be they just build giant tents to keep the rain out.

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Posted by DCRage

And WWE has held major events outdoors. Boxing has done it too, if need be they just build giant tents to keep the rain out.



Can you put the tent over the entire crowd? It'd be pretty hard to prevent lightning from striking someone or striking one of the metal poles on the tent.

Playing russian roulette with Mother Nature could turn out to be very costly, both to the UFC and the sport's reputation.

Maybe it can be done but I just can't see it being done by *any* legit/big-time promotion.

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Rain doesn't stop Baseball and Football. Fans still stay for that, teams play through. This idea is full of holes but damn it would be crazy. Maybe a backup plan at the Garden? I know if it's PPV there are all kinds of problems getting that off, but if it was a free show?

http://www.watchkalibrun.com/2009/10/5/1071495/dana-white-wants-the-ufc-in-fenway Dana is on record saying that Fenway would be the stadium to do it in.

I think you could do it where just the ring and a bit surrounding would be covered by a tent. There has to be a way.

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Posted by Gogoplatapus

Rain doesn't stop Baseball and Football. Fans still stay for that, teams play through. This idea is full of holes but damn it would be crazy. Maybe a backup plan at the Garden? I know if it's PPV there are all kinds of problems getting that off, but if it was a free show?

http://www.watchkalibrun.com/2009/10/5/1071495/dana-white-wants-the-ufc-in-fenway Dana is on record saying that Fenway would be the stadium to do it in.

I think you could do it where just the ring and a bit surrounding would be covered by a tent. There has to be a way.



Actually, rain *does* stop baseball. Light rain? They usually play. Heavy rain, thunderstorms or other severe weather? Game cancelled. Same with football. They do not play in lightning.

Maybe the UFC has a plan if this were to happen. I still find it hard to fathom, though. Lots of wires and electrical equipment. Fans exposed to the elements. Pay-Per-View slots only being 3 hours which would not permit any sort of delay.

If they have the answer, then by all means they should do it. I've been proven wrong before!

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And don't forget hockey. And thye play in the snow.

As for when UFC will first go to the Boston area, Marc Ratner said earlier today they're hoping for July or August.

Post #12   12/1/09 6:07:31PM