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Guy Who Originally Banned MMA in New York Now Cool With It

("Helen, I need you to track down this ‘Nate Diaz‘ fellow. I believe this young man may have some interesting ideas on how to address the state’s growing hater problem.")

On Monday, we gleefully high-fived each other at the news that New York Governor David Paterson was coming out publicly in favor of MMA regulation in the Empire State. But new support is coming from a surprising — and just as significant — source. Via the New York Daily News:

ALBANY – Former Gov. George Pataki, who once called ultimate fighting barbaric and had it banned in 2001 in New York, now supports its legalization.
"With more rigorous oversight, training and medical requirements – mixed martial arts has made considerable strides to ensure the safety of participants," said Pataki spokesman David Catalfamo.
"With these measures in mind, Gov. Pataki would be supportive of allowing the sport in New York in today," he told the Daily News.

Kickass. We now have two governors on our side, while the opposition’s most prominent voice in New York is still crackpot Assemblyman Bob Reilly, aided by a few ill-informed, progress-resisting editorial columnists who still refer to mixed martial arts as "ultimate fighting" (no offense to the guy who wrote the above article). Pataki’s change-of-heart will be an incredibly valuable talking point in the battle to come: If the dude who banned MMA can inform himself on the sport’s progress over the last ten years and change his opinion, those opposition voices should be able to do the same.

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ghostboner- January 14, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Nate Diaz. Growing hater problem. I have not laughed that hard since Pee Wee Herman used to do his daily joke.

@MMA42 - I'm just gonna take a guess here and say cash cow. I'm no political science major, but I have noticed a trend among politicians...
LargeMidget- January 14, 2010 at 1:05 pm
I met Pataki once, he doesn't seem like a total prick like some other local politicians I've met. Dan Maffei! I couldn't remember his name, but he's a fag.

Reppin' the 315, you know nobody does it better than Syracuse.
LargeMidget- January 14, 2010 at 1:04 pm
I met Pataki once, he doesn't seem like a total prick like some other local politicians I've met.

Reppin' the 315, you know nobody does it better than Syracuse.
Seoul Brother- January 14, 2010 at 12:02 pm
You could get Eliot Spitzer to endorse MMA if you told him one of the ring girls would give him a handjob.
831 Father- January 14, 2010 at 10:56 am
Yeah, because I'm so from the scumbag area of 831.

Don't be mad that Boston one-upped your precious New York in the MMA legalization front. The Boston people got something done, whereas the New York politicians are still flip-flopping in their opinions and wondering if they should legalize the sport.
skeletor- January 14, 2010 at 10:21 am
^^^^Agreed especially you.

The best thing about MMA in New York is it's not Boston, fuck those guys.
831 Father- January 14, 2010 at 9:59 am
You trust a politician to be 100% truthful? Good job. Then again, the 831 area has the most useless sub-humans in America. Not one physically gross person from the area contributes anything to society.
831 Son- January 14, 2010 at 9:42 am
^^^ Troll.
831 Father- January 14, 2010 at 9:34 am
Don't kid yourselves, New York needs the money, not because they believe in the sport.
mthomas- January 14, 2010 at 9:30 am
Great Caption!
ReX13- January 14, 2010 at 9:23 am
echoxer0>>> They actually changed it to"UFC" during the run up to UFC 100 when EVERY GODDAMN ARTICLE was UFC-centric. The lazy bastards have yet to change it back to "MMA".

So, eff them, amiright?
echoxer0- January 14, 2010 at 9:16 am
under the yahoo sport section it doesnt read MMA, it reads UFC

UFC does not = MMA

damn these ignant bastards
SiDeBuRnZ- January 14, 2010 at 8:58 am
New York didn't want to be known as "less progressive than Abu Dhabi"...
Infosec Cynic- January 14, 2010 at 8:58 am
That's the funniest photo caption I've read in a looooong time! :)

Anyway, we got them cool sheikhs in Dubai owning 10% of the UFC, surely they can broker a deal with some governers... well as long as they remain cool... 10 years from now those guys will also be part of the axis of evil, or the drive shaft or something like that.
MMA42- January 14, 2010 at 6:41 am
Fantastico! Maybe people are actually taking the time to read up on how MMA has changed over the years? Or you think they're okaying it now because it's such a giant fucking cash cow.