Mixed Martial Arts makes NY debut after decade-long legalization effort

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — History will be made Saturday night as Mixed Martial Arts makes a return to New York since it was banned in 1997.

The UFC 205 features an 11 card fight.

The marquee fight has feather weight champion Conor McGregor squaring off against light heavyweight champion Eddie Alvarez.

McGregor is looking to become the first UFC fighter to hold two belts.

Ticket prices are sky high with reports have some ringside tickets going for as much as $47,000.

On the undercard is former middleweight champion Chris Weidman from Long Island.

Weidman is taking on Yoel Romer in a non-title fight.

Fans of UFC showed their love of the sport during a festival Saturday afternoon outside of Madison Square Garden.

UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunez was also on hand to greet her fans.

Officials are hoping the success of this event will lead to more MMA events in New York.f