Report: MMA and ZUFFA Gains Ground in Battle to Lift New York Ban
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s parent company ZUFFA has reportedly scored a significant win in its lawsuit with the State of New York to lift its ban on MMA. Although it remains to be seen what materializes next, a judge has asked both parties to reach a settlement, due to the State Attorney General office’s admission that the prohibition does not extend to the amateur side of MMA.
As a result, a pre-approved third party sanctioning body could reportedly oversee MMA cards in New York. News regarding the latest development was reported by Fightline’s Jim Genia.
Some of the sanctioning bodies that exist in the state include the World Karate Association and the U.S. Judo Association.
For sometime now, the UFC and other MMA organizations have been working to have the MMA ban lifted in New York, which was enacted in 1997.
The UFC hopes to host an event at Madison Square Garden in New York City this year if the legal roadblocks are lifted.