MMA clears NY Senate, again

by Ken Lovett | source:

Bill No. S1707A, for the leglaization and regulation of Mixed Martial Arts in New York state, passed the State Senate  by a vote of 42-18. It will next go  to the Assembly floor for a final vote. The Assembly is unfortunately home to male grandmother Bill Reilly, a longtime foe of MMA in NY.


Senate Finance Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco argued that many in the public now want it and the state can use the tax revenue it would generate: “It’s the smart thing to do, it’s the right thing to do,” DeFrancisco said.

The sport’s fate in the state now rests in the hands of the state Assembly, which in previous years has nixed efforts to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts.

Assembly bill sponsor Steven Englebright (D-Long Island) couldn’t handicap the bill’s chances moving forward. “The Senate action could cause some people to take another look,” Englebright said.

Gov. Cuomo has not taken a formal position on the sport, but did not include it in his budget proposal earlier this year.

UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones, who hails from Rochester, was at the Capitol lobbying and posing with lawmakers.

“Hopefully the same energy can carry over to the Assembly,” Jones said after the Senate vote.

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Although MMA has reached this point before, Zuffa co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta was positive:

"It’s time to bring the fastest growing sport in the world to New York. With every passing month, our sport gets more and more popular around the country and in New York. We want to thank the State Senate, and we’re confident that when Assembly members take an objective look at our safety record, our popularity with their constituents, and the economic benefits and jobs we would bring to the State, they will take the same action and UFC fans will finally be able to see live UFC events in their home state."


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Jen The OCaholic Jameson site profile image  

5/24/11 12:27 AM by Jen The OCaholic Jameson

Dana get some goons on this Reilly fucker.

WoodenPupa site profile image  

5/24/11 12:25 AM by WoodenPupa

Isn't he the same dude The Who wrote a song about?

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

5/24/11 12:24 AM by ChaosOverkill

Bob 'the nazi' Reilly

PKH site profile image  

5/23/11 11:56 PM by PKH

 Old Bob, you fucking prick.  

Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

5/23/11 11:51 PM by Gnarls Gnarlington

lets hope it goes through this time.

Haywood Jablowme site profile image  

5/23/11 10:18 PM by Haywood Jablowme

 We have huge budget deficits, they need to help close the gap with something easy and positive like legalizing MMA.

Radio Raheem site profile image  

5/23/11 10:16 PM by Radio Raheem

The Assembly will not let it through (again) Not as long as Bob Reilly has a say in it