Court Rules UFC’s Battle to Legalize MMA in NY Can Continue
A Federal District Court has reportedly ruled that the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and additional plaintiffs, can continue their legal battle to have mixed-martial-arts sanctioned in New York State.
According to a press release sent out by the ZUFFA owned property, the court ruled on Tuesday “that their challenge to the constitutionality of New York’s ban on mixed martial arts (MMA) can go forward. The court recognized that the State Athletic Commission and the Attorney General have repeatedly changed position on whether amateur and professional MMA can occur lawfully in the state of New York, which plaintiffs argue renders the ban unconstitutionally vague. While other claims in the lawsuit were dismissed, the UFC and plaintiffs are prepared to win their case and defeat the ban with the court’s green light on the vagueness challenge.”
Of the 48 states with athletic commissions, New York is the only jurisdiction which does not sanction professional MMA. The lawsuit was originally launched in 2001.
Some of the other plaintiffs tied to the case include fighters like Jon Jones, Frankie Edgar, Matt Hamill, and Brian Stann.