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Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016

UFC Releases Statement as MMA Takes Big Step Towards Sanctioning in New York

By FCF Staff

Following the news that the New York State Assembly will vote on sanctioning professional mixed-martial-arts in that state, the UFC released a statement, welcoming the development.

MMA supporters, promoters and various politicians have attempted to get MMA legalized in New York for years now, only to fail. But, according to new reports, the votes are in place to finally sanction the sport. In response to the news about the pending vote, the UFC posted the following statement:

Statement from UFC® Vice President of Global Business Development and Government Relations Michael J Britt.

“We want to thank Speaker Heastie and of course we also need to thank Majority Leader Morelle, who has worked tirelessly to educate his colleagues and build support on both sides of the aisle, but particularly among Assembly Democrats.  Our thanks, as well, go to those legislators in both houses and both parties who have supported this effort over the years.

“This is a big step forward for MMA, the athletes and the huge fan base the sport enjoys in New York, however, there are still more steps before New York finally crosses the hurdle to legalize professional MMA.  We look forward to working with the chairs of the committees and all Assemblymembers to provide them with any information they may need as they address the bill to legalize and regulate MMA.”

It’s not clear at this time on what date the final vote will actually take place.


posted by FCF Staff @ 10:20 am
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