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Attention New Yorkers: There Are Two Very Good Reasons Why You Should Call Into Work Sick Tomorrow

If you live in New York and you’re an MMA fan, Tuesday is a very worthwhile day for you to call in sick and take a trek downtown.

There are two big events happening that day in the Big Apple.

First, the Coalition to Legalize mixed Martial Arts in New York will be holding a lunchtime rally at 250 Broadway in Manhattan across the street from city hall at the district office of Sheldon Silver, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly.

Organizers ask that you bring thoughtfully worded picket signs, but no audio equipment.

"If you are a fan, fighter, gym owner, business owner, or organization official who wants to start the 2011 New York State legislative calendar by letting our government know we want legalized and regulated mixed martial arts in New York State, please come show your support! Let’s gather together to show our legislators that New York State is not respecting the wishes of its voters! Let’s remind our legislators that mixed martial arts is a professional sport and in need of regulation! Let’s remind our legislators how much business our state loses and how many jobs are lost to neighboring states where mixed martial arts is properly sanctioned," CLMMANY’s Stephen Koepfer said in a press release sent out in December. "Let’s remind our legislators that we care about the safety of our athletes! Let’s remind our legislators that it is the people of New York State who vote for them, and that WE WANT LEGALIZED AND REGULATED MIXED MARTIAL ARTS IN NEW YORK STATE !"

If rallies and protests aren’t your bag and you have an aversion to the cold, you can head over to the Roseland Ballroom to meet all eight of the contestants in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix. Besides the opportunity to snag a few fist-pose photos and autographs, there’s also the opportunity to win merchandise and tickets to this weekend’s event in New Jersey.

If you do go, we suggest that you bring ear plugs for the event since it will be hosted by former Yamma Pitfighting announcer Scott Ferrall.

Here are the details of the event:

"Open-to-the-public/media Fan Experience at New York’s Roseland Ballroom (239 W. 52nd Street just West of Broadway, NYC) from 4-6 p.m. (Doors open at 3:30), hosted by Scott Ferrall with special guest deejay, DJ Clue. All eight tournament entrants — Fedor, STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight World Champion Alistair Overeem, former heavyweight champions Antonio "Big Foot” Silva and Andrei Arlovski, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu specialist Fabricio Werdum, hard-hitting Brett Rogers, talented Josh Barnett and Russian star Sergei Kharitonov will participate."

If you do attend, make sure to wear your CP shirt and get your photo taken with some of our favorite SF personalities to win one of our top secret soon-to-be-released *new* signature shirts. If you don’t have one, get creative.

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Ant- February 10, 2011 at 2:57 am
Arm farmer.... they were both Howard stern partners.

Scott does a great sports radio show on howard 101 and the "guido" was former hell's angel member chuck zito.
Clyde- February 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm
@ Cecil. Fuck that, just get Mike to rustle up some photoshops of GuJo in a 3 way with Ken and Frank Shamrock, post them (after the jump for the love of Christ, I don't want to see them). then you can get banned from strikeforce too.
PERPATRAITOR- February 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm
Dammit this is too far away!!!!
ArmFarmer- February 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm
Scott Ferrell has about as much business being behind a mic as tito ortiz. Me and my friend watched the affliction event with arlovski/fedor and we were pretty baffled at the selection of guys they chose to do the talking. Ferrel, Tito, and some guido looking retard.. really mind boggling selections.
cecils_pupils- February 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm
At least Ben can attend this NY-based event since Strikeforce hasn't banned him yet. Unless you plan to post nude leaked photos of Strikeforce Ring Girls sometime today... just checkin'.
ReX13- February 7, 2011 at 12:25 pm
"Top secret" new shirts???Man, no one tells me anything around the office...
Fried Taco- February 7, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Two words: Road Trip!!!