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MMA Loses Another Battle in New York; State Assembly Pulls Sport From Budget Bill

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(So the UFC is too brutal for New York, but children are allowed to see "Mamma Mia"? Explain that one to me. / Photo courtesy of graciemag.com.)

NYDailyNews.com breaks the unfortunate turn of events:

ALBANY – The push to legalize ultimate fighting in New York is on the ropes. Assembly Democrats stripped approval for the wildly popular violent sport from a budget bill that lawmakers will take up as soon as today.

Gov. Paterson sought to legalize mixed martial arts, saying fights could pull in more than $2 million in tax revenue for the cash-strapped state.

"The majority of voices who spoke about this issue in our conference were not supportive of approving it as part of the budget," said Assemblyman Steven Englebright (D-L.I.), a fight fan. Englebright said it’s a long shot the Assembly will revisit the issue. The state Senate has already approved the sport.


Though we were feeling optimistic after bill S 2165 passed the Senate, the lazy fucks in the Assembly let it stall out, which meant that Paterson’s crafty move of including MMA in his 2010 budget plan was the sport’s last real hope of getting legalized in New York this year. As a New Yorker, it sickens me that our representatives would jump over millions of dollars during a time of desperate financial crisis, in order to protect the delicate sensibilities of their misinformed constituents. These are the same politicians who have no problem stranding commuters with transit cuts — yet they’ll turn down the revenue from a sport that’s beloved and practiced by so many New Yorkers. Screw this, I’m moving to New Jersey.

[Ed. note: I would never actually move to New Jersey.]

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Ballkick- June 29, 2010 at 8:52 pm
Seoul Brother....Outstanding....well put.
Seoul Brother- June 29, 2010 at 4:04 pm
No, I think that for the better part, Biffmeister is indeed on to something. It's one thing to bitch about politics, and it's a different thing entirely to bring the fight to a douchebag elected official (no, that's not redundant) in terms they will understand. You need to do the following:
1) make it known to the elected official that you have taken note of their actions,
2) you do not support their voting record,
3)you will make a point of NOT voting for them, AND
4) you will do whatever it takes to make sure that one and all know that they should not be re-elected.

This is hitting them where it counts. Civility and diplomacy must be observed, and if you doubt the efficacy of such actions, remember that if it were not for social networking, Obama would not have beaten the holy fuck out of Old Man Potter McCain and his bus station skank. Remind the elected officials in question of that fact as well. Remember, Potato Nation - we are strong, divergent, and often at each others' throats, but we are united by a love of MMA. It's goddamned time we reminded our elected officials of that.
MoTropolis- June 29, 2010 at 2:43 pm
And in an instant, Biffmiester solidifies everything Viva just said about why we cant revolt.
Biffmiester- June 29, 2010 at 1:54 pm
Point taken. And I second the motion of the extermination of all bankers... except hot banker chicks who wear glasses, have their hair in a bun & wear naked stockings. Oh the possibilities!
Ballkick- June 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm
Your missing my point, I am only using Obama as an example.....All politicians are liars and corrupt, in every country.....mine included.
And for the record, I have nothing against Jews so don't pull the anti -Semite card on me. Too convenient and overused IMO
"ALL" Bankers on the other hand,......should be put in jail.

Lysol- June 29, 2010 at 12:59 pm
"I have a $50.00 Canadian dollar bill (don't worry its almost at par 1 US dollar=0.9488 Can) if even one of you can tell me "one" example of your current government keeping "one" of their election promises."

Yes, Ballkick, this is as oppossed to all of the honest politicians in every other country on Earth who managed to make every one of their promises, even the ones which contradict other ones, come true. It is obviously only in America that politicians are corrupt, and I'm positive we can pinpoint it all on Obama/Palin/the Jews/Whoever else we want to blame today.


Biffmiester- June 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm
So this is all Obama's fault....riiiiiiiight. Thanks for your opinion, Mrs. Pal...er...

For my fellow NYers, here's some food for thought for that unsettled rage building up in your guts after this bullshit decision:
hxxp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_State_Assembly
hxxp://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/
Go ahead, go off on your local state representative and let them know how full of douchebaggery their actions are & that you will not be silenced; pee on their dogs' legs, run a train on their daughters, tattoo "My Mom Was Here" on their penises (or "My Dad Was Here" for female reps), or *simply* find out the truth about them....just let your voices be heard! On the real, I'm getting so sick & tired of these bullshit politicians from my state.
Ballkick- June 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm
We'll see how much porn you"ll be watching when your politicians spend, bailout, and war your economy into collapse in the very near future.
Obama is the worst president in the entire history of your country.
The Sheeple of the US need to get their collective heads out of their ass and see what your government is doing to one of the greatest nations in the world.

I have a $50.00 Canadian dollar bill (don't worry its almost at par 1 US dollar=0.9488 Can) if even one of you can tell me "one" example of your current government keeping "one" of their election promises.
They are more worried about tee times than their own peoples hard times.

I"ll bet 100 on Harper to KO Obama in the octagon, First round,....but I want Winslow to be ref.
Viva Hate- June 29, 2010 at 11:23 am
@MoTropolis,
Yes, the problem with beginning a revolt on the internet always turns out the same way, one person finds a great porn site and it turns into a porn swap. Damn you Asa Akira for screwing up politics in America.
MoTropolis- June 29, 2010 at 11:18 am
There will be no next American Revolution. We revolt on the internet now, its so much easier, albeit ineffective.
Ballkick- June 29, 2010 at 11:12 am
American politics is so corrupt and fraudulent, It leads me to believe the pro-MMA side of this coin has not got the lobby it needs (campaign contributions aka bribes) to make this push through the NY state Assembly.
Normally I wouldn't care two shits about this but for the fact that Canadian politicians are so interdependent on our neighbors to the south, and will not legislating anything that the US have not approved.
Look for Ontario to follow suit and blindly, ignorantly. fall in line with whatever happens in NY state.

Politics in either country is not about the will of the people but rather how the politician can benefit monetarily or politically from any legislation put before them.

When/not if,.... the next American Revolution starts,.. all these shady, greedy, pilferers will be first to go to the gallows. And rightfully so.... and Canadians being the sheep we seem to be ,.....will of course follow suit.
2DaDeath- June 29, 2010 at 10:57 am
Good ole' New York Shitty. Anything to make life less enjoyable for the majority of people that live there.
Seoul Brother- June 29, 2010 at 10:54 am
Brothers & Sisters, let's not get into a pissing contest over who has the most fucked up politicians. At least NY state politics is getting marginally cleaner (va faire in culo, Joseph Bruno). Sooner or later, even a bunch of protected leeches like politicians will have to see that their dough and support from the public is drying up toot fucking sweet. When that happens, not even lobbyists can and will protect them from the ire of an upcoming election. As a consequence, they'll have to revisit ideas for raising money.

And as fucked up as Gov. Jan "Cryptkeeper" Brewer is, she's still not as fucked up or as corrupt as Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

What disgusts me is that Strikeforce and even a sideshow penny ante outfit like Moosin will hold press conferences in NYC, but they can't hold sanctioned events in the city. How fucked up is that? Dana White squirts out more UFC events than a pregnant Duggar bitch squirts out rugrats, and if only a couple of those events were in NYC per year, how much dough would that raise? How much in ancillary money from tourism?

It's not a question of if it will happen, it's a question of when.
Phattousai- June 29, 2010 at 10:02 am
And it's still not as stupid as the political decisions made here in AZ.
El Famous Burrito- June 29, 2010 at 9:59 am
MoTropolis Says:
Tue, 06/29/2010 - 12:25
I wouldnt give up hope too soon. Word on the street is Paterson is now training with Steven Siegal and formulating a new strategy to get MMA legalized in NY.



I've got the title: Blind Man's Justice.

This Summer, justice is gonna kick your ass. With aikido.
Viva Hate- June 29, 2010 at 9:59 am
Just pointing out that this is another case of politics in America being blind to the needs of the regular people.
ReX13- June 29, 2010 at 9:50 am
Viva>> i see what you did there.
LargeMidget- June 29, 2010 at 9:44 am
So they're making ciggarettes cost more, and banning MMA.

Remind me to never vote for one of those ass holes.
Fedor vs. Bas- June 29, 2010 at 9:34 am
Don't move to the Dirty Jerz.

I left NYC last year, and while I was hoping this would pass in NY and there would be a UFC event as MSG I am not surprised. This is the same Assembly that locked opposing parties out of the chambers so no one could work for a month last year. NY State Politics are the worst in the country.

Viva Hate- June 29, 2010 at 9:31 am
Word is Paterson is shocked evidentially he just did not see this coming.
MoTropolis- June 29, 2010 at 9:25 am
I wouldnt give up hope too soon. Word on the street is Paterson is now training with Steven Siegal and formulating a new strategy to get MMA legalized in NY.
El Famous Burrito- June 29, 2010 at 8:56 am
Why split hairs?

Let's just say Fuck New York and be done with it.
bxconti- June 29, 2010 at 8:52 am
I love all the hate on NJ from people who don't live there. Im in Brick, NJ. I can literally walk to the beach/boardwalk, and my backyard is a bay that goes directly to the ocean. A new yorkers vacation is my life.
fACE7biter- June 29, 2010 at 8:34 am
Swedish had it right, fuck Democrats. I wish Chael Sonnen could work his magic over here.
Almost South- June 29, 2010 at 8:21 am
screw you cagepotatohead, your concrete square is nothing compared to the state of the art facility in the Garden State. While your snooty uptight politicians stall the progress of this great sport, we Jersyians have long been trailblazers on the MMA Path of rightousness! Between us and Nevada; we have formed the Unified Rules, became THE FIRST state to sanction MMA. Were now leading the way in Amateur Divisions and look at the great organization we have, Our attention to detail helped uncover Alves brain irregularity. Without Jersey MMA could be dead righht now. so while you whine and whine; weel enjoy our state of the art MMA system and our lightweight champion. Chomp on that friend!

Sincerly,
Stephen Abootman
CagePotatoMMA