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MMA bill dead in NY Assembly
ALBANY -- Despite being passed in the NYS Senate, the bill to legalize mixed martial arts in New York State died Tuesday night in the Assembly.
Speaker Sheldon Silver said that the conference was not interested in bringing it to the floor. The bill did have 64 sponsors.
New York remains the only state to have a ban on mixed martial arts.
"We continue to strongly believe that legalizing and regulating MMA in New York is the right thing for the state economically, the right thing for the millions of fans in New York and the right thing for the safety and benefit of the thousands of professional and amateur MMA athletes across the state," said UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta. "Speaker Silver said legalizing MMA in New York is 'inevitable' and we agree. It is discouraging that the Speaker does not yet believe that the bill has garnered the support of his conference, however, we appreciate that he has brought it to conference for the last two years and we are convinced that the third time will be the charm. To paraphrase a famous movie line, 'we’ll be back.'"