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Pros react to legalization of MMA in the state of New York

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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) — after a lengthy back and forth debate — was finally legalized in the state of New York earlier today (Mar. 22, 2016) after the New York State Assembly voted to life the ban on the sport that has been in effect since 2007.

Read all about the monumental vote — which was 113 for and 25 against — here.

Naturally, a bevy of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters such as Chris Weidman, Josh Barnett, Frankie Edgar — as well as those competing for other MMA promotions — took to Twitter to express their gratitude and elation following a historic day for the sport.

Of course, many of them started their campaigns to be a part of the first-ever UFC card in “The Big Apple,” as well.

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— Dana White (@danawhite) March 22, 2016

I’ve waited a long time for today and couldn’t be more excited to have MMA legal in my hometown of New York!! pic.twitter.com/uoxIpPbcQ4

— Chris Weidman (@ChrisWeidmanUFC) March 22, 2016

Thank you #NYC now all the fans can see #MMA live. #MMANYC @BellatorMMA @SpikeTV @Viacom https://t.co/3GnGq1V5JG

— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) March 22, 2016

Glad to see NY on the menu now. Unfortunate about the timing.

— Luke Rockhold (@LukeRockhold) March 22, 2016

Thank You NY State Legislature! We are one step closer to making MMA a reality in New York! #MMA4NY

— Lorenzo Fertitta (@lorenzofertitta) March 22, 2016

What a day! Time for @BellatorMMA and @SpikeSports to come to NY! LET’S GO TO N.Y.!!!!!!! great day for our sport! @Giants @NFL

— Matt Mitrione (@mattmitrione) March 22, 2016

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