State Assembly Vote on Mixed Martial Arts Could Happen Today

State Assembly Vote on Mixed Martial Arts Could Happen Today

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By Kaitlyn Lionti

The state Assembly could vote on legalizing Mixed Martial Arts for the first time Tuesday. New York remains the only state where professional MMA fighting is illegal.

According to those familiar with the process, two assembly committees are expected to consider the bill Tuesday. It will start with the committee on tourism, parks, arts and sports development Tuesday morning, then head to the ways and means committee.

A final vote is planned for either Tuesday or Wednesday. The sport was included in Governor Cuomo’s budget proposal this year and the Senate approved it last month.

While the state Senate has now passed the bill seven years in a row, the Assembly has never brought it to the floor. Supporters say it would regulate cards, protect participants and offer a big boost to communities hosting events. That could include bouts at Buffalo’s First Niagara Center and Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena.