Report: MMA Bill Will Not be Brought to a Vote in New York State This Year
After months of speculation and hope that MMA would be sanctioned in New York State this year, it looks as though it’s not going to happen.
A bill to sanction professional MMA in the state has been passed by New York’s Senate, but multiple reports are indicating that there are not enough votes in the New York State Assembly to pass it.
According to a report from WGRZ.com, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle has said that he does not have enough votes to pass the bill during the current legislative assembly. As a result, the bill will not be brought to a vote, and MMA will remain unsanctioned until at least next year.
Recently the UFC announced that it had booked a date at Madison Square Garden in December, as a result of positive signs that MMA might be sanctioned before the years was out. The arrest of Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver earlier this year on fraud charges, who had been a staunch and influential opponent of the bill, also raised hopes that the sport would be legalized.
There was widespread talk that if the bill passed, the UFC was going to have middleweight champion and New York resident Chris Weidman fight Luke Rockhold at the MSG card.