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MMA in NY Regulation Bill Delayed Until Late 2010 at the Earliest :’ (

New York governor David Paterson
(New York Governor David Paterson. You’d think a guy who lost his eye in unregulated vale tudo matches in the late ’80s would have more sympathy to our cause.)

I doubt many of you follow New York politics, but it’s a freakin’ mess out here right now. Virtually nothing constructive has gotten done in the NY senate over the last two weeks, and as an emergency session comes to a close today — ending the legislative body’s 2009 schedule — one bill that will be left out in the cold is our beloved S2165A, intended to regulate mixed martial arts in New York State. Originally, the bill was on the docket for a June 9th vote. Unfortunately, things fell apart on June 8th. MMA Weekly has the story:

Sarah Crean, a staffer with Cultural Affairs chair Sen. Jose M. Serrano, said the current legislative environment made the prospect of the MMA bill’s passage grim.
“Given what’s going on, probably all they’re going to be looking at is financing and very urgent bills,” said Crean. “What looks like is going to happen (to the MMA bill) is it’s going to have to go through the process again in our committee next year when session starts again.”
The next legislative session begins in January 2010.

Wait, it gets worse:

The bill will now have to go back through the process in 2010, and even if it does pass next year, the soonest the UFC, or any other promotion, would be able to hold an event in New York would be late in the year or early 2011.
“Essentially, we just ran out of time,” said a representative from the office of Assemblyman Steve Englebright, who sponsored the bill in the House.
The bill will now go back to the Tourism, Arts, and Sports Committee in January 2010.
“If a bill passes on the floor, it would just go back onto the floor calendar next year,” continued the representative. “But since this bill didn’t make it to the floor yet, it has to automatically go back to the committee of origin, which really kind of stinks.”

Kind of stinks? That’s like saying falling balls-first on a cactus "kind of hurts." After all the in-your-face’ing we did on Bob Reilly, this is infuriating. I guess we’ll revisit this in January, then. Fucking politicians. Is a six-month vacation really necessary?

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OpShut- June 24, 2009 at 8:17 am
@ Fedor vs. Bas - At least for UFC 100 you won't have to drive to "dirty jersey"; huge viewing party at Radio City Music Hall. Q & A with Frankie Edgar and Matt Hamill. Mass venting on the incompetence of the NY Senate!!
averagejoe- June 23, 2009 at 7:49 pm
@ UFC Fan - ok, that was pretty fucking funny.
Kellenavalanche- June 23, 2009 at 6:41 pm
Toronto is a few hour drive from NYC? You have a fucking fast car.
About 9 hours. Plus a 30 pack is $50. FUCK that!
UFC fan- June 23, 2009 at 6:39 pm
Looks like someone beat me to it and slapped 831 son cross eyed.
Daddy_jeffy- June 23, 2009 at 6:00 pm
@ Dmonicideals:
That you, Monson?
robthom- June 23, 2009 at 6:00 pm
I thought he fried it out by shooting it with cocaine.
willum- June 23, 2009 at 5:33 pm
If everyone wants MMA to be legal in new york, they should also try to legalize it in ontario, and try and hold events in toronto. toronto is only a few hour drive away from N.Y.C. and i think if all of new york's neighbors jumped ship, they probably would too shortly after....................or vice versa.
Dmonicideals- June 23, 2009 at 5:26 pm
So what i got out of this story is that these senators "work" 6 months out of the year. And by work, I mean sit around listening to themselves say the same things over and over.

So for 6 months of work, your average politician makes 10 times the average household income a year? That doesn't seem right.

The time has come for a culling. Democracy is a failed social experiment. We need to wipe the slate clean, and get these lying, filthy, lazy pricks out of office. Then we need to burn the office down. Our government has gotten too large. It is time to eliminate the fed, and for states to rule themselves. Why do we need 300 levels of government?

We have mayors and town councils, then you have county supervisors and boards of directors for the county, then we have state senators, state representatives, governors and so on. And they all do the same thing: mismanage our taxes to keep as much to themselves money as they can, while doing as little work as possible. They have done it generation after generation, ever since they figured out how to "win" democracy. Tell the people what they want to hear to get elected, then once you are there, get better at lying because you are going to have to do it again in 1-2-4 years. So they sit around practicing lying to each other for 6 months, then laugh their ways to the bank out of one side of their mouth, while telling you how hard they work and how important they are out of the other side. Meanwhile we are setting new records every day for unemployment and homelessness, the fuel companies are raping America, and North Korea is going to nuke Hawaii on the 4th of July.

Sounds like a great time for the government to go on vacation.

shartacus- June 23, 2009 at 4:04 pm
lol @ "unregulated vale tudo matches". You zany bastards
Smeewa- June 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm
i don think that vale tudo thing is true. maybe if you said he lost his eye in a public toilet foot tapping incident I'd believe it
rokabee- June 23, 2009 at 3:13 pm
I have fallin' balls first on a hurts a lot more than just "kind of hurts"

It was either balls first on a cactus or run over by a tractor. as soon as i hit the cactus i immediately withdrew my decision of dodging the tractor...

Hopefully until they are able to have mma in new york they can come to california a bit more where Im at.
ChrisH- June 23, 2009 at 3:08 pm
I guess we can take a break on NY for a few months and work on Ontario?
Titos Head- June 23, 2009 at 3:06 pm
as soon as there is a UFC fight at the Garden...Its gonna sell out
raspberrymight- June 23, 2009 at 3:01 pm
ugh politics keeping back a relatively safe sport, its up to its balls in regulations anyways. It's pretty ironic that one excuse was looking at financing bills in light of the global economic crash, when having giant organisations like the UFC in NY, well that'll cost the state more money than it makes, right?
Daddy_jeffy- June 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Diego's staredown has nothing on Paterson.
Fedor vs. Bas- June 23, 2009 at 2:08 pm
No good NYC bar to watch fights at, and no live venue to watch fights. Guess we have to keep driving to dirty jersey.
Meohfumado- June 23, 2009 at 1:47 pm
Our wonderful public officials....working only half the year. What a country!!!

Daddy_jeffy- June 23, 2009 at 1:35 pm
What is that guy looking at?
Adam Bomb- June 23, 2009 at 1:34 pm
Wow... that's horrible. Yet another year without MMA in New York. I wonder how long it will last here in Maryland.
mayhem- June 23, 2009 at 1:33 pm
Also didnt Paterson lose his eye sight as a kid due to an infection?
Or did I just bite on you trying to make people look stupid? I think I did.... damn it!!
mayhem- June 23, 2009 at 1:30 pm
I had a feeling that this was going to happen what with the current state of NY politics right now. Damn it!!
Roac- June 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm
fukc that