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MMA In New York Remains But A Distant Dream

It looks like the UFC’s lobbying efforts in New York may have all been for nothing. The New York State Assembly’s Tourism, Arts, and Sports Development Committee shelved the MMA bill today and a vote is not expected to take place tomorrow, as was previously expected. This doesn’t mean it’s dead for good, but it does mean that we won’t be seeing a UFC event in Madison Square Garden any time soon.

According to Sherdog, the committee plans to hold a public forum to review the bill some time between now and January 2009:

“This would give the opportunity to have a round table or a public hearing, an opportunity for all sides to weigh in and take a hard look at the issue,” said Elizabeth Nostrand, legislative and policy director for Assemblyman Steven Englebright, who authored the bill and chairs the Tourism committee. “Of course, there’s a lot of interest in the bill, but there’s a lot of confusion too as demonstrated by last week’s vote.”

If I were Dana White, I might ask those lobbyists for my money back. And when they told me that my request was not only implausible, but also extremely tasteless, I’d call them a bunch of fucking pussies. Then I’d probably feel bad the next day so I’d send them a text message to apologize. This is why I’m not Dana White.

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Bundy- June 18, 2008 at 5:23 pm
What happened to the good old days when a multi-million dollar organization could bribe their way into anything! This country is really going to the shits. Fucking Liberals!
orsusband- June 18, 2008 at 11:29 am
Can the mma fans of new york (and the world) start a petition? If there is one started where can I go? I find it so hard to believe that they are stopping MMA from being part of new york. We have everything else, good and bad. There are millions of people in new york and millions more commute to new york daily. Let's get together on this one and help MMA. Anyone has a clue where we could start?
Fuck NY- June 18, 2008 at 5:40 am
How sad is this pathetic state if they are still catching up to NJ? Being less badass than the Armpit of America? You should all kill yourselves in shame.
shitwhistle- June 18, 2008 at 3:05 am
Man, I thought I could look here for results of TUF #176, or whatever it is.
Don't make me Google it.
Damn you Cage Potato.

So, does Ipecac just make you dry heave or what?

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