In what was truly a historic day, the nearly 20-year ban on mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York was lifted, as the New York State Assembly overwhelmingly voted to legalize the sport in “The Empire State.”
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Now, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) — as well as other promotions — can start making plans to stage events in one of the biggest sports markets in the world.
On the heels of the monumental news, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta issued a statement applauding the New York State Assembly, as well as many other supporters, for helping bring MMA back to New York. He also discussed what it means for UFC moving forward.
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UFC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lorenzo Fertitta applauded the overwhelming, bipartisan New York State Assembly passage of legislation to legalize and regulate professional mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York. The passage of A.2604-C, sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle and 72 other Assembly sponsors, means the bill has now passed both houses and will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his approval.
Fertitta stated: “This has been a long time coming and on behalf of our New York UFC athletes and fans, I want to offer heartfelt thanks to Speaker Heastie, Majority Leader Morelle and all the Members of the Assembly – Democrats and Republicans – who voted for this bill.
“Joe Morelle has worked tirelessly to educate his colleagues and build support for legalizing professional MMA and regulating both professional and amateur MMA. He has worked closely with Senator Joe Griffo, who has shepherded this effort in the Senate, where the bill has passed with strong bipartisan support for the last seven years, and MMA fans owe both a huge debt of gratitude,” Fertitta said.
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