UFC Praises State Senate For Putting MMA Legalization Provision In The Budget


“We are very appreciative of the leadership shown by Senator Skelos and the members of the Senate, who have twice overwhelmingly approved legislation on a bi-partisan basis to bring the UFC and MMA to New York,” Mr. [Lorenzo] Fertitta said. “It is our hope – and the hope of MMA fans across New York –that the Assembly will also vote to include this legislation in the final budget that is approved by the Legislature, and Governor Cuomo will sign it into law.”

In addition to including MMA in the budget, Senator Joseph Griffo has been pursuing legislation that would legalize and regulate MMA since January 2011. Senator Griffo’s bill passed in the Senate last May, but it died in the Assembly in January. The Assembly has not included any provision for MMA on its budget and Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn’t taken a strong stance on the issue.

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