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Got Five Seconds? Help CagePotato Lift the MMA Ban in New York!

(Madison Square Garden — the Promised Land.)

Hey Potato Nation. As you might be aware, MMA competition has been banned in New York since 1997, during the height of the “human cockfighting” scare. Though 37 states including California, Texas, Florida, and Illinois, have passed laws regulating mixed martial arts, the Empire State is still officially opposed to the sport — and old, crusty, and illogical forces are at work to keep it that way.

But rather than complaining about the situation, we’re going to do something about it. That’s why we’re asking you to take a moment out of your day, go to our online petition, read it (that part’s optional), and sign it. The petition is directed at the New York Assembly Committee on Tourism, Arts & Sports Development, who sunk last year’s effort to get MMA sanctioned in New York, and will be voting again on the issue in the very near future. Our hope is that opponents of MMA in New York’s State Legislature will get a little more education on the issue, and realize that public opinion — which every politician lives and dies by — is firmly on the side of our sport.

We know what kind of emotion-driven, infuriatingly uninformed arguments we’re up against. We know that having to compete out-of-state affects Matt Serra‘s performance. And I think we all agree that MMA should be legal everywhere in the country, particularly in a major city like New York. (I’m just saying, it would be nice to take a subway to a UFC event rather than an airplane.) Please spread the word about our petition to any MMA fans you know, and as always, keep hope alive.


(And if you have a Digg account, please show some love.)

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KTFO- January 28, 2009 at 11:02 pm
CNN transcripts

Now let's see what our Senior Correspondant War Machine has to say on the subject. Machine?

WM: Fuck an MMA ban!

Thank you War, as always that was incredibly insightful, any other thoughts you'd like to share?

WM: Gonareah hurts!

Anonymous- January 28, 2009 at 8:22 am
fuck off im an mma fan, i dont know what a petition is
Anonymous- January 28, 2009 at 7:03 am
I was told to sign this
Anonymous- January 28, 2009 at 4:44 am
MMA is a sick violent sport and should be banned everywhere.
theflyingtsunami- January 26, 2009 at 11:08 pm
I signed (especially being a New Yorker and all) but would also like to start a petition to fight Bob "asswipe" Reilly once legislation is approved and show him all the secret things you're allowed to do in MMA that we don't tell the public. Hell, even my 92 yr old Grandpa wants to beat his ass for being such a schmuck.
nippletwist- January 26, 2009 at 5:55 pm
sorry, i dont have five seconds
MMA Wannabe- January 26, 2009 at 2:48 pm
@ Greg

Yes. It is too much to ask.
Anonymous- January 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm
riverdog- January 26, 2009 at 1:47 pm
up to 1123 tell a friend
Greg - January 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm
I read that Times blog last week and it just made me sad to see what low-caliber material is now passing muster at NYT. I get that it's only a blog, but at a time when the future of the Paper of Record in this country is in question -and when web innovations like the blog may be the only thing that can save it- would it be too much to ask for the journalists charged with salvaging the paper to dedicate a few moments of their day to responsible reporting?
riverdog- January 26, 2009 at 12:05 pm
tell your friends, post this link, lets get in NY
Billy Bad Ass- January 26, 2009 at 11:55 am
I was 972... and 3 more had signed after me.
greenseed- January 26, 2009 at 11:50 am
keep em coming folks
Anonymous- January 26, 2009 at 11:06 am

Signed. Almost to 900 guys, keep on keepin on
bubbafat- January 26, 2009 at 10:44 am
I don't know why fighters don't get together on this one. It seems to me that the only ones worth listening to are the participants. As a fan, I'm biased, but if I was an opponent to the sport it would take a fighter or former fighter to convince me otherwise. Hearing the good and the bad from the horses mouth tends to be a little less ignored. Fighters like Rich Franklin, Kenny Florian, and Randy Couture could do their sport good if they were the ones lobbying and not the lobbyists. Who would you rather listen to? A panel of semi- intelligent fighters would go a long way . Who will be the ambassador?
Sneaky Pete- January 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

Thanks Dose for the heads up; I know a lot of us were thinking that. But a Moral show of support won't necessarily be shrugged of by NY politicians. Despite the fact that many of us are not constituents per se, we may carry some weight as fans and potential buyers of the tickets that they would sell, to say nothing of the PPV revenues that they will no doubt get a percentage. They may be just as likely to hear out those who are potential purchasers of their venues as they are to their own constituency; or at least they should.
Jay- January 26, 2009 at 10:00 am
I signed it cause god knows nothing moves the world like an online petition.
Mir's Balls- January 26, 2009 at 9:56 am
Electronic signatures on an electronic petition are inadmissible in court. The petition carries no weight, I'm all for it, but it carries no weight.
Dose of reality- January 26, 2009 at 9:49 am
Hate to rain on everyone's parade--and I'm glad you all want to do something--but a petition, signed by people outside of New York, will mean between little and nothing to these officials. I worked for a Congressman, and let me tell you--their staffers throw away petitions like this without so much as a glance from the rep.

But there is something that can be done...are any of you represented by any of the people on the Committee? If so, I recommend *highly* that you make an appointment to speak with him/her. Visit their office, dress professionally, conduct yourself professionally, and explain why New York would benefit from sanctioning MMA. Mention the economic benefits, downplay the violence (much safer than boxing due to knock-out rules, etc). If you can't get an appointment, call and speak with a staffer (you probably won't get the rep). Say you are a voter, are represented by him/her, and you support MMA being sanctioned in NY.

Portzportsky- January 26, 2009 at 9:46 am
I am signing the petition, but I swear to god if you send a hippie with a clipboard to my doorstep for this....I will find you Ben Fowlkes...........
pizzabuster- January 26, 2009 at 9:43 am
no need to ban mma--- rest of the cities are making big money----let the people choose whats good and not
Vince McMahon- January 26, 2009 at 9:08 am
Your silly events will never draw a crowd like Wrestlemania does!
Anonymous- January 26, 2009 at 9:03 am
Let's see some MMA at MSG and Nassau Coliseum, it's long overdue.
CWR- January 26, 2009 at 8:58 am
just to mention this... I was lucky #69.
rokabee- January 26, 2009 at 8:55 am
Very well put. I will have every1 in my office sign it!