NY Senate Approves Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

By Joe Gullo

Published 05/14 2014 11:24AM

Updated 05/14 2014 11:27AM

ALBANY, N.Y. - The New York State Senate has approved mixed martial arts legislation.

A press release says the legislation legalizes and regulates mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions. 

“Official recognition of this sport in New York is long overdue. For five years I’ve pointed out that the numbers don’t lie; bringing MMA events to New York State will have a tremendous and positive on our economy --  it will generate tourism, economic development, jobs and revenue across the state and particularly upstate,” Senator Joseph Griffo (R-C-I Rome) said.

MMA is a full-contact combat sport which combines techniques of judo, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing, wrestling and other martial arts.

The bill now heads to the assembly. The bill was sponsored by Senator Griffo.

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