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New York Senate Votes 42-18 in Favor of Sanctioning Mixed Martial Arts; State Assembly Vote is Now Last Hurdle to Legalization

(“Reach into my back pocket there and take out that envelope marked, ‘Housewarming gift for Senator Robach.’”)

State senators voted 42-18 today in favor of passing a bill that could lead to mixed martial arts being  sanctioned in New York. The bill will now go to the New York State Assembly where a final vote on the matter will be cast by members of the group that includes opposition stalwart Bob Reilly.

To put things in perspective, last year’s New York Senate vote on the same themed bill passed with a vote of 32-26. Two other legalization bills have made it to various levels of state legislature before stalling for various reasons. The one last year was brushed aside by senate Democrats due to “budget concerns.”

The overwhelming majority of those in favor of the bill who spoke at today’s debate pointed to the increased safety measures that have been implemented since the introduction of the then-no-holds-barred sport more than 15 years ago, as well as the economic boost events will give the local economy across the state as the reasons why they supported the bill.

No date has been set for the Assembly vote, but even if it passes, a 90-day waiting period would need to be observed before an event could be held in the state, which means that it’s unlikely New Yorkers will be able to attend a show at home before the end of the year. Still, there is hope that we could see another of the few remaining holdout states approve the sport before 2011.

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ExpectJesusBro- May 24, 2011 at 8:29 am
MSG or Buffalo would be great! But, amature boxing events happen on the regular in Rochester, so i would asume some amature MMA events wouldn't be far behind. You are right though rockbacklash, I doubt we have the pull for a UFC event here.
rockbacklash- May 24, 2011 at 8:11 am
As much as I love Garbage Plates, I'm not seeing much of a draw to Rochester- although wasn't UFC 7 in Buffalo? MSG FTW!
Fried Taco- May 24, 2011 at 7:22 am
Fuck you Baba O'Riley!!!
ExpectJesusBro- May 24, 2011 at 6:04 am
Ohh, almost forgot... Fuck Bob Reilly, too!
ExpectJesusBro- May 24, 2011 at 6:02 am
OH HELL F**KING YEAH! Got thru again. Come on assembly, don't screw your state (taxpayers/voters) again! I cannot wait until this happens!

Make sure to announce it on here when you do fight in NY, bro. I'll come see that show! Shit, once it passes, shows are gonna spring up all over this state. Three Cheers for the ROC!(thats short for Rochester, those of you not from near here)
LOKI- May 24, 2011 at 5:58 am
I dont live in NY...I really couldnt give less of a shit but if this falls through Please someone make a gif of DW's head on Charlie Brown's body while he runs to kick a football held by Lucy/Bob Reilly.
Bob Reilly- May 24, 2011 at 3:25 am
Fuck you too, you blood thirsty bastards.
SheLikesBJJ- May 24, 2011 at 1:21 am
Madison Square Garden!
djp1988- May 23, 2011 at 9:25 pm
Bobert Reilly is going to be pissed about this. Side note, he just set up the first half of his Lego submarine, so this is really going to fuck up his day.
KarmaAteMyCat- May 23, 2011 at 6:25 pm
A few quick things! ONE THIS IS AWESOME! I wanna fight in my home state more then anywhere at all. Two, Doesn't it still have to pass through the Assembly? and Didn't it pass through this before? am I mistaken? I might be. Three BEST PHOTO QUOTE EVER well not ever but really fucking good God this news makes me so happy. HURRAY!
Naked Rear Poke- May 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm
That's the way boys!
Preilly sucks ass! (see what I did there? Silent 'P').
darciesdaddy- May 23, 2011 at 4:56 pm
Ibn phta'gn, R'yleh.
Trouser Snake- May 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm
Ryeleah is a fag douche
Naked Rear Poke- May 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm
Cmon everybody! Who's with me?
Fuck you REYLY!!
newdeal- May 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm
New York state is practically bankrupt, they need to do whatever they can to get this sanctioned asap. The amount of money it would bring in is a drop in the bucket for New York state but they need whatever they can get
Naked Rear Poke- May 23, 2011 at 4:11 pm
@clyde - Embrace it man, consider it a deliberate insult.
Fuck you RHYLEE!!!!
iadyn- May 23, 2011 at 3:49 pm
@clyde, didnt you hear, the edit button vote did not pass the state assembly, but maybe next year then. fuck you Reilly!
Clyde- May 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm
And I spelled it wrong even when it's written in the article. Who's a Retard? I'm a Retard.

Can we please have a vote to bring the edit button back?
Gamecock- May 23, 2011 at 3:24 pm
intercept440- May 23, 2011 at 3:23 pm
i mean bob rielly
intercept440- May 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm
hahahahaha fuck you bill o'riely
Clyde- May 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm
Fuck yeah. In your face Riley