Hope for MMA in NY 2009 - Marc Ratner

by Steven Marrocco | source: mmaweekly.com

The past two weeks have not been kind to the UFC’s interests in New York. Turmoil within the Senate has ground to a halt its legislative business and impeded the state assembly.

Day two of the Senate’s special session wrapped up Wednesday in near total chaos, with representatives feuding over control of the proceedings and refusing to address bills placed on the agenda by the Governor.

In other words, a fight is getting in the way of fights in New York.

UFC president Dana White has long had his eye on Madison Square Garden, promising an event there by the end of the year.

Senate bill S2165A and assembly bill 2009-B, which seek to legalize MMA in the Empire State, have remained in committee since the battle broke out.

There has been no indication the Senate version of MMA legislation will be heard.

On the assembly side, multiple legislators MMAWeekly.com spoke to said there were no special sessions planned for the myriad of bills left on its desk, but none ruled out the chance of going back to Albany.

But Vice President of Regulatory Affairs marc ratner doesn’t hear any singing just yet.

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