UFC Fight To Be Broadcast in Times Square

By Mathew Katz on August 22, 2011 6:34pm 

Riki Fukuda punches Nick Ring at UFC 127. Fans can watch similar fights screened in Times Square on Saturday.
Riki Fukuda punches Nick Ring at UFC 127. Fans can watch similar fights screened in Times Square on Saturday.
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MANHATTAN — Fans of the violent world of mixed martial arts will have a chance to feel like they're ringside as the Ultimate Fighting Championship will screen a live fight in Times Square on Saturday.

Ultimate fighting is illegal in New York, but bars and restaurants still screen the popular matches on a regular basis. In a first for Times Square, people passing through the "crossroads of the world" will be able to watch the action from UFC 134 on a 5,000-square-foot HD LED sign above the Doubletree Hotel on 47th Street.

Legislators in Albany have unsuccessfully tried to legalize the sport in recent years.

Since Saturday's fight is taking place in Rio de Janeiro, nearby bars in Little Brazil will also be screening the fight, serving Brazilian-style cocktails, and giving away UFC merchandise.

For the best view of the fight, fans can watch from the red steps on Duffy Square starting at 8 p.m.

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