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‘Legalize MMA’ — The Movie


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As longtime supporters of MMA regulation in New York, we’re thrilled that 2010 could finally be the year the sport loses its outlaw status in the Empire State. But there’s a long way to go before we can start celebrating. In this new short film from Bobby Razak and Marc Ecko, a host of fighters and other MMA personalities discuss the legalization efforts and challenges that they’ve faced in New York, as well as in Ontario, Canada. "Legalize MMA" highlights the inherent irony of the MMA regulation struggle in NY — that such a famous fight town, which is progressive on so many other issues, continues to marginalize the most modern and pure form of combat sports. Unfortunately, many of New York’s athletic commission officials remain the least educated about MMA as it exists today, clinging instead to outdated stereotypes of the sport’s brutality. "Madison Square Garden is a validator of great, iconic sports and athletes," Ecko says. For him, as well as interviewees like Frank Shamrock and reporter Ariel Helwani, the building stands as a symbol of the mainstream acceptance that MMA is closing in on, but hasn’t quite captured yet. Part two of the film is after the jump.



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Big Ben Snackwell- January 9, 2010 at 9:05 am
I hate Ariel Helwani for many reasons, but my new number one reason: no announcer would ever say: "We're here at the MSG."
leftyjeh- January 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm
petro:

"This movie is joke. Aside from being a 20 minute Ecko ad, it does little to actually help legalize MMA - and wtf is up with the end? "I am Marc Ecko, help me legalize MMA" - THE END"

I dont believe this movie is a joke but I completly agree with it looking too much like a Ecko commercial.

Also, did anyone else feel like they watched a UFC award show the other night? That was bullshit!!! Fighters Only messed up big time! Im boycotting the mag & that shitty awards show!!!
petro- January 7, 2010 at 11:04 am
This movie is joke. Aside from being a 20 minute Ecko ad, it does little to actually help legalize MMA - and wtf is up with the end? "I am Marc Ecko, help me legalize MMA" - THE END

Okay Buddy...how about you tell us how? You got any other "creative" ideas to legalize mma in Ontario and New York or are you just looking to sell t-shirts?

We all know the benefits of having mma legalized but how about getting some lobbyists and pushing our argument, instead of just crying "bullshit" at the whole situation.
robthom- January 7, 2010 at 10:53 am
Theres something just more than a little creepy about marc ecko discovering MMA a year ago to be a "crusader" for it a year later.
What'll it be next year marc ecko? Another marc ecko videogame? a marc ecko Poker challenge? A marc ecko movie about the black eyed peas story starring marc ecko as will.i.am?

Of course I support CP's efforts to legalize MMA in NY. But I just cant get behind this dude desperately sticking his dick in everyone elses koolaid.
CheckHisPee- January 7, 2010 at 10:29 am
@iDestroy
I happened to catch your earlier rant about Kos beating Hardy for the strap and your "unless he dies or comes back I don't care" Lesnar salute. All I can say is wow, really? You're not only an MMA guru, but a real pillar of humanity as well, putz.
Hey, Ive got an idea! How about the next time you feel an oppinion brewing that you think we all need to hear you try holding your breath for 2-3min instead? Sound good? I think so too.
Get well Brock, GSP rocks and LEGALIZE IT!
punchguyinface- January 7, 2010 at 9:27 am
legalize marijuana first so we can reallllly enjoy this movie
leftyjeh- January 7, 2010 at 9:11 am
"I hope the new York and Ontario athletic commissions have a long attention span than I do. That was hella boring."

That comment sounds like someone who does'nt understand the importance of that film. It was'nt boring to the people who actually care for MMA. It was a good video but I actually believe it needed to be longer, with more interviews of people from all aspects of the industry.
itsgalf- January 7, 2010 at 7:39 am
Hi I'm Frank Shamrock and I have braces
iDestroy- January 7, 2010 at 7:25 am
I hope the new York and Ontario athletic commissions have a long attention span than I do. That was hella boring.
agentsmith- January 7, 2010 at 7:00 am
The Premier of Ontario recently said that he has an "open mind" towards MMA legalization, but also basically admitted that it's not exactly a priority for him.

The problem is that the powers that be at the Ontario athletic commission simply don't approve of MMA, and in a typical political chickenshit move, are hiding behind the claim that MMA doesn't meet the criminal code exemption granted to boxing, so it's out of their hands. This despite the fact that the criminal code is a federal thing in Canada, and several other provinces have already permitted MMA for years, so there's more than enough clear precedent.

So in Ontario's case, it's really got nothing to do with actual legal issues, the athletic commission is just blocking it because they don't like it. It's 100% bullshit politics.
Sgt. 606- January 7, 2010 at 7:00 am
Frank is doing the wand @ :21. Who the fuck does he think he is?
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