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MMA in New York takes huge step toward getting approved

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In nearly a decade of starts and stops, professional mixed martial arts in New York has never come closer to being legal and regulated.

The bill to approve MMA will finally be voted on by the New York State Assembly next week, speaker Carl Heastie said Tuesday through a spokesperson (h/t Newsday). Heastie said the fact the bill is going to a vote means it will be passed.

It remains unclear what day the bill will be voted on. Three committees still have to approve it before it hits the Assembly floor.

But the news was so significant Tuesday that the UFC sent out a press release about it and UFC president Dana White reacted on Twitter. New York’s state Senate has passed the MMA bill for seven straight years, but the Assembly has never even voted on it. New York is the only remaining state where pro mixed martial arts is illegal.

— Dana White (@danawhite) March 15, 2016

“We want to thank Speaker Heastie and of course we also need to thank Majority Leader [Joseph] Morelle, who has worked tirelessly to educate his colleagues and build support on both sides of the aisle, but particularly among Assembly Democrats,” UFC vice president of global business development and government relations Michael J. Britt said in a statement. “Our thanks, as well, go to those legislators in both houses and both parties who have supported this effort over the years.

“This is a big step forward for MMA, the athletes and the huge fan base the sport enjoys in New York, however, there are still more steps before New York finally crosses the hurdle to legalize professional MMA. We look forward to working with the chairs of the committees and all Assembly members to provide them with any information ….View full article

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