UFC On The Brink Of Boston

Nate LawsonCorrespondent IJuly 24, 2009

Kenny Florian and Joe Lauzon headlined the main card of UFC Fight Night 13, in a bout that garnered controversy in the very first round.

Florian's razor-sharp elbows sliced into the back of Lauzon's head, causing a break in the action by the referee. However, the fight resumed, and the second round yielded a technical knockout for Florian, leaving Lauzon hungry for revenge.

While only complete speculation surrounds a possible redemption match for Lauzon against "KenFlo", the UFC is very close to gaining the dream venue for such a rematch to take place.

Earlier this week, the Massachusetts State Senate voted in favor of a bill that would sanction mixed martial arts in the East Coast state. The decision was nearly unanimous, as 34 of the 35 votes were in support.

The bill has several steps ahead of it, with the next one being the House Ways and Means Committee. However, the early signs show great promise in the UFC coming to Boston sometime in 2010, giving the East Coast fans an amazing city to watch events live and in person.

When Massachusetts does pass this bill sanctioning mixed martial arts, there will be merely nine states remaining who still do not sanction MMA, with New York remaining the most notable.

While sanctioning in Massachusetts is not nearly as big as sanctioning in New York, the UFC is very close to yet another huge accomplishment. Boston would be phenomenal as the host for a UFC event, and perhaps this whole process will open doors for success in bringing the UFC to the "Big Apple".

The only certainty in this entire matter is that Joe Lauzon and Kenny Florian will force themselves on the card when the UFC rolls into Boston.