Call for help with final push for MMA in NY


The New York State Assembly's Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committee today passed a bill to regulate the sport of MMA in the Empire State.

The bill, titled A04146A, passed by a vote of 16-3, according to a representative from the office of its sponsor, New York Assemblyman Steven Englebright.

However, several hurdles remain before the bill becomes law. With just seven days left on the Assembly's legislative calendar, it must clear several hurdles to get a vote on the floor.

The bill first will head to the assembly's Codes Committee, which addresses the legal ramifications of Legislation. Next it goes to the Ways and Means Committee, which addresses bills with financial implications. Finally, it heads to the Rules Committee, which oversees the activities of the assembly floor.

If all goes well, the bill then will get a vote on the assembly floor. A senate companion to A04146A passed late this past month by a margin of 42-18.

However, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner is holding out hope that things will turn around in 2011. The bill could be signed into law this year by Governor Cuomo if its passed in the assembly.

"We're delighted with the Senate passing and coming out of the tourism committee," he today told ( "We're cautiously optimistic that this will be the year for MMA."

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UFC President Dana White has called for help from the MMA community:

Getting the State Legislature to allow mixed martial arts has been an uphill battle, but thanks to you guys, we’ve refused to let it die.

Today we had some good news. The Assembly Tourism Committee voted to allow Regulation of MMA. The Senate passed the bill already, so now all we need is the full Assembly to vote.

But this is where we got stuck last year, so we need your help.

Please take a minute and call your assembly member and ask them to demand a vote on MMA. The legislature leaves for the summer in two weeks so we have no time to lose.

New York fans have waited long enough. Let’s finish this!

Click here to find your Assembly members phone number.


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Porkchop site profile image  

6/13/11 11:47 PM by Porkchop

good luck to you new york fans but I sense political bullshit on the horizon.

yhknq site profile image  

6/13/11 3:50 PM by yhknq

Just passed the Codes Committee in NY 17-1!!!!! tweet from dana made it another step  

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6/13/11 11:02 AM by yhknq


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6/10/11 5:55 PM by jimbobyeaboy

Im sick of hearing about this. If they dont want the millions in taxes that mma could bring into their state each year then fuck them.

yhknq site profile image  

6/10/11 4:47 PM by yhknq

The bill was added to the Assembly Codes Committee Agenda for Monday, which is a good sign. From there, it has to go through the Ways & Means Committee, then to the Rules Committee, and then on to the floor for a vote. Although this seems like a tall order given the amount of time left before session ends, it's  still very possible.  This is where it stands from an email from my assemblywoman

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6/7/11 12:47 PM by yhknq


Porkchop site profile image  

6/7/11 11:43 AM by Porkchop

Yeah New Jersey does a good enough job hosting events. They are literally across the river.Besides, NYC is the city that has everything. They pride themselves on that. Once New Jersey has benefited to a certain point from hosting these events, New York will make it a priority and will come crawling to the UFC.MMA doesn't need New York. Fuck em.Dana wants Madison Square Garden though. This is why there is a call for help.

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6/7/11 11:08 AM by dennis5


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6/7/11 10:58 AM by PTSandman

I live in Reilly's district. :(

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6/7/11 10:43 AM by jjj2121

 There is zero reason for any non-NY resident to call anyone and I personally don't give a fuck if it's ever in NY.