Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed a mixed martial arts bill into law.

Cuomo signed the bill this morning at Madison Square Garden.

The legislation was sponsored in the Senate by Senator Joseph Griffo.

Griffo said, “For years we were losing tourism and revenue as fans and fighters alike went to other states that had embraced MMA. Thankfully, starting today, those days are over. I'm proud to have led the fight in the Senate to bring MMA to the Empire State, and I want to thank Governor Cuomo, Leader Flanagan, Assemblyman Morelle, and everyone else who played a role in making today a reality.”

Following the Governor’s signing of this legislation, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that it will host a major Pay-Per-View event at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Nov. 12. Additionally, UFC will be adding another live event in Upstate New York before the end of the year.

Utica was mentioned as a possible future site.