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Bob Reilly is Using His MMA Opposition in NY as His Main Platform for Re-Election

("My war against MMA is more important than the war on drugs and the war on illegal guns.")

New York Assemblyman Bob Reilly once again proved that he is an idiot with a personal agenda against MMA during a debate this week with opposing candidate Jennifer Whalen he participated in yesterday.

While Whalen outlined her priorities for her potential term as assemblywoman which included overhauling the legislature’s ethics policies, reducing unemployment and constructing a small business relief program, Reilly pointed out that his main priority is cock-blocking MMA in the state, explaining that it has become his personal crusade and that he has spent the most time and effort on — even more so than much needed tax relief for the state that his opponent says he has ignored in favor of the axe he is grinding against MMA.

"On a personal level, because what happens in the legislature — you have to shepherd certain bills through, I will be working, as I’ve said, twice already — my forfeeiture of pension bill. I will also be working on the bill — although it is not a bill — I will be working against the bill that would put Ultimate Fighting into this state," Reilly explained, hardly unable to contain his excitement. "Those are a personal effort where I am the lead legislator on those two efforts."

A personal effort, huh? No kidding?

Reilly is so confident that he will be re-elected, that he spent more time explaining his opposition of MMA in the state, than he did expanding on his other policy stances.

"Probably the single effort that I did — and I won’t say that it’s the most important — is my single effort to keep Ultimate Fighting out of New York State. Why those who advocate this violent and vicious sport for the reason that it will bring money to this state, I, in fact, claim it will not. The owners of Ultimate Fighting who have recently spent $174,000, giving that money to various legislators and political parties and have paid their lobbyists $10,000 a month for a number of years are in fact in bankruptcy court in Las Vegas at this very moment to the tune of $7 billion," Reilly attempted to explain, like it actually made sense outside of his old close-minded head. "These are the people who some people advocate bringing in to New York. I’m proud of the fact that almost single-handedly I have kept this out of New York not only because violence begets violence and it’s not what we should have in our state, but also it ultimately saves us money by not having this sport in New York."

What is fascinating is that after all the time and energy he has wasted telling his peers how evil MMA is, not only does he not know by now that the sport isn’t called "Ultimate Fighting," he also is oblivious to the fact that the Ultimate Fighting Championship is a separate business than Station Casinos which is also owned by Frank Lorenzo Fertitta and that the UFC isn’t the only group who are fighting to get MMA sanctioned in New York.

Maybe if he used more than Google to do do his research, Reilly might have a fucking clue what is going on beyond "imcome tax" and "circuit breakers".

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grass fed meat- February 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Even a hare will bite when it is cornered.
Kellenavalanche- October 28, 2010 at 9:50 am
UFC 111 in Newark, NJ had almost 17,000 people come to it. I've NEVER seen the Prudential Center like that. Manhattan was going off as well. I drove from Brooklyn through the city and you could tell how many people were going to it.
So all these people LEFT NY on a saturday night and spent their money in NJ..... I actually thought that would be an indicator for this idiot to see how much money there was to be made. It's not all going back to LV.
I really think that a stacked card at Madison Square Garden will be the biggest show for the UFC to date and make NYC millions in the act. Not bad for human cockfighting.
Vlad- October 28, 2010 at 8:22 am
why would anyone vote for someone with such a negative , blinkered outlook

Well, the other candidate is a Republican. Welcome to the joys of the two-party system.
RearNakedSpoon- October 28, 2010 at 6:44 am
Will he need to set aside personal effort to stop the sport of Strikeforce being in the NY state as well?
OpShut- October 28, 2010 at 6:38 am
Ben, et al,

This best part is here: hxxp://

...our friend Bob Reilly tries to imitate a constituent ("Kyle") whom he desribes as having Cerebral Palsy (which Mr. Reilly mispronounces), then later refers to the same gentleman as "Carl"....the entire scene is in horribly poor taste, classless, and clueless.
2and0- October 28, 2010 at 5:25 am
Am I the only person that thinks maybe, just maybe this guy is getting paid alot of money by BOXING promoters? Has anyone looked into this ? Ben?
fullmojo- October 28, 2010 at 4:26 am
I find it ironic with all the digs the writers of Cagepotato have directed at Republicans over the last year or so that Bob Reilly is....wait for it....a Democrat.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 28, 2010 at 2:40 am
I just like to go to the hill for like an hour bro and like listen to the birds and like just be with nature bro... it relaxes you bro. You know bro?
mburtoni- October 28, 2010 at 1:20 am
OK Bob Reilly, I guess the other 48 states that have legalized and currently sanction MMA are morally corrupt and on their way to bankruptcy.

Almost North- October 28, 2010 at 1:00 am

MMA in New York is not a big truck.

I've met that guy a couple times by the way. Hes even more boring in person.
Anhonestmoose- October 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm
Did you seriously listen to that whole thing?
fatbellyfrank- October 27, 2010 at 10:03 pm
I say we make him take part in a televised debate on this issue with Don Frye, and Don will have had two bottles of Tequila prior to the debate
LAS- October 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm
I believe Bob was referring to Station Casinos being bankrupt, which is probably not untrue given how bad casino's have taken it up the ass during the recession.

And while I know this is an enlightened crowd on this site, I'm sure plenty of morons with voting cards eat this kind of half-baked rhetoric for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The guy has obviously realized that being THE anti-MMA guy is his political meal ticket.
Meaot- October 27, 2010 at 8:57 pm
Ultimate Fighting is - is - is a series of tubes. And if you don't realize that - that these tubes - these tubes can be filled - and - and the money - the money in New York get's stuck. But - but - the violence gets through!
Goog- October 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm
Bottom line... money talks. It's a matter of time and NY will get it's "Ultimate Fighting". And voters faced with actual issues are going to look at this skintag and ask "THIS is his most pressing issue? Not liking a legit sport that the rest of the country has already embraced?"

Meanwhile, Potato Nation needs to follow this guy around airport bathrooms and get him to "ask for a roll of tp" under the stall walls.
tjbaron- October 27, 2010 at 8:44 pm
TheHulkSmash Says:
Wed, 10/27/2010 - 18:00

Isn't there something we could do? The potato nation I mean? Couldn't we:
1. Somehow do some sort of 90s style hacking thing and expose him as a fraud
2. Use our internet clout to promote his opponent
3. pop his tires and make mis miss an event of some sort
4. Send him a lot of nasty email
5. Picket his house
6. ?

I'm not that creative, help me out here people...

--poop on his porch
tjbaron- October 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm
Anzus- October 27, 2010 at 8:21 pm
This Bob Reilly cock smoker is most likely running with this anti 'Ultimate Fighting' campaign because some focus group is telling him that it is resonating with at least a substantial part of his electorate. The sentiment has to be there for him to capitalize on it (Old people probably).

All in all a sad state of affairs but by no means is this petty style of politics exclusive to the US. Unless we can do something about the 24 hour media cycle and the focus groups used to discern the issues dominating it (who then in turn advise politicians which issues to actually give a shit about (more to ensure re election rather then better outcomes for the community), we wont ever be able to legislate substantial changes in our society (whether it be relatively straightforward like allowing MMA into particular states or more complex issues such as legislating policy for addressing climate change, peak oil etc.)
Ballkick- October 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm
Baba O'Reilly is basing his election campaign on outlawing MMA?
This speaks to the lack of platform in his politics.
He reeks of grandstanding. People are smart enough to see through this ploy.
I wouldn't worry too much about him winning with such weak political policies.
New Yorkers strike me as more progressive and forward thinking than this.
Fedor Penn- October 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm
Good call on the Mr. Burns pic!
Seoul Brother- October 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm
I live in NYC, and I wouldn't go to Clifton Park unless I was armed with claymore mines, a minigun, napalm, Desert Eagles, and an incontinent super morbidly obese fucker to drop on them from bombing altitude. It's a fucking hick mecca.
RwilsonR- October 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm
Well, I live on the opposite side of the country as this douche, but doesn't Ben live in NY? He should be going door to door campaigning against this guy.
Lysol- October 27, 2010 at 7:19 pm
I say we mail bicycle helmets to everyone who lives in his district, with a copy of this article with all of the blatant factual errors highlighted. Then, we attach a note saying "If you still want to vote for Bob Reilly, make sure you wear the helmet."
RaginAsian- October 27, 2010 at 7:02 pm
So single-shot major sports event + bankruptcy of company = no $$ for New York?

Fail logic is fail.
Bob Reilly- October 27, 2010 at 6:48 pm
You guys are jerks.