Michael Mersch spent Monday in New York, like he'd done many times during his eight-year tenure with Zuffa, the UFC's parent company. The New York State Assembly plans to vote on Tuesday on a proposal that would make mixed martial arts legal in the state.
Mersch worked tirelessly on the issue for the UFC, when he was its senior vice president of business and legal affairas as well as its assistant general counsel from 2007 through 2015. This time, though, he was in New York for a different reason.
He's been appointed chief operating officer of the World Series of Fighting by CEO Carlos Silva, and was in the Empire State not only for today's vote, but to meet with the fight promotion's business partners and to being plotting out a strategy for his new job.
"There's quite a steep learning curve," said Mersch, 45, who for the last year had been general counsel for the Nevada Attorney General.
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