Court fight to legalize MMA in NY goes to another round - 10/02/13
The fight to legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York State is going another round.
An attorney representing the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the sports most successful league, said Wednesday a Federal District Judge will move a lawsuit forward that challenges the constitutionality of the New York's ban on the sport. Zuffa LLC, the UFC's parent company, field a federal lawsuit in New York back in 2011.
New York is the only state in the country, and the only territory in North America, that has a ban on the sport.
The New York State Senate has repeatedly passed legislation to allow the sport, which is legal on the amateur level, to be sanctioned in the state, however the state Assembly has never brought the legislation to the floor for vote.
"The inconsistency has cost the UFC considerable time and expense, but more important it has deprived MMAs countless New York fans of the opportunity to attend and enjoy live professional and amateur MMA events in New York, said Ike Lawrence Epstein, UFCs COO.
Several fighter's from New York are plaintiffs in the case including Jon Jones, the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.