The New York Senate passed a bill to legalize mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions in the state.
According to lawmakers, the bill would also include provisions to protect the health and safety of participants by requiring increases in insurance limits and financial guarantees.
Participants will also be required, under the proposed bill, to undergo comprehensive physical examination, including a clinical neurological and neurophysical exam to obtain or renew a license.
“New York is the only state missing out on the jobs and other economic benefits that would be created from the legalization of professional MMA competitions,” Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan said. “As we have done for several years, the Senate has again passed a bill allowing MMA and this year, the Governor has also proposed it as part of his Executive Budget. The Assembly should take up MMA now so that our state can realize the economic potential of competitions here in New York.”
New York is the only state in the nation that prohibits professional MMA events.
The bill now heads to the Assembly.