Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has redoubled efforts to get mixed martial arts (MMA) legalized in the last jurisdiction in the United States in which it is still banned: New York.
Despite having passed a bill legalizing the popular sport in the state Senate for six consecutive years, it has yet to make its way to the assembly floor to make it official. Call it bad timing, call it corruption, but the deal still hasn’t been done.
The bill needs a simple majority of the 150 assembly members to pass, or 76 votes.
In spite of the roadblocks, UFC has boldly set a tentative event date for April 23 in Madison Square Garden while launching a lawsuit against the state for the ongoing ban.
Now, perhaps drawing on the strength of the grassroots campaign to free Nick Diaz, UFC is launching a fan campaign to legalize the sport (no death threats, please):
“We are hopeful to soon have the opportunity to host events from Buffalo to Long Island. I urge New York MMA fans — among the best and most knowledgeable in the country — to help make it a reality,” said Michael Britt, UFC’s vice president of business development and ….View original article
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