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NY Assembly to Vote on MMA This Week or Next

(The Long Island boys are right.  It really does feel like we’ve been here a hundred times before.)

Remember when we told you the vote to legalize mixed martial arts in New York was imminent?  Turns out it’s even imminenter (that is so a word) than we thought.  The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle cites the UFC’s Julie Wood in a report that says a vote on the bill to lift the MMA ban in New York is expected this week or some time in early May.  The moment of truth, she approaches.

First they’ll vote on it in the state’s Tourism, Arts, and Sports Development Committee, and if it makes it out there the bill goes to the whole assembly and the state Senate before requiring the governor’s approval.

Of course, no discussion of the potential legalization on MMA in New York would be complete without UFC nemesis Bob Reilly dropping in to reaffirm his hatred for MMA and his love of faulty reasoning.  This quote should sound familiar to anyone who read our interview with him:

"I think we have to reject it just because of the violence," Reilly says. "I believe it is harmful to the fighters and people in general. We can’t tell kids in school not to bully other kids if, in fact, we allow this ultimate fighting."

Got that?  The state that allows boxing, kickboxing, pro football and hockey would lose its moral authority on the issue of bullying in schools were it to allow MMA.  Sounds like some real Bob Reilly logic at work there.

We’ll keep you updated on news of the vote as we get it, but in the meantime you ought to sign our petition.  If you’ve already done that, get someone you know to sign it.  If you’ve already done that, go make yourself an ice cream sundae.  You’ve earned it.

Related: Join the Facebook group to support MMA in NY

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SCM- April 28, 2009 at 11:47 am
CAPS LOCK HAL is such a pussie. Ill fight that faggot any day of the week. Id like to murder his bitch ass as a matter of fact. Stupid little punk. I bet hes like 5'6 and weighs 135
Harry Seaward- April 28, 2009 at 2:34 am
Yeah! Now shady New York types can do to MMA what they did to boxing. Great!
Blaphtome- April 27, 2009 at 9:55 pm
That's cuz Europe is full of Eurofags. Boxing is over 100 years old, of course it's still more mainstream than MMA. The fact that MMA has such a large share of the market is a testament to what a sham boxing has become. BTW, you are correct in saying that boxing is not dead (yet). Go to any MMA gym, and you will find the place full of young boxers learning to kick and grapple. Where I live boxing gyms ain't doin so hot, but there's a new MMA place every few months. So no boxing isn't dead, but LOL? Not so much.
rifraf- April 27, 2009 at 7:34 pm
its just a sign that mma has a loooooong way to go before going mainstream..boxing always have shows in the big apple..especially miguel cotto and other puerto rican come the ufc is sooooo obssesed to have an event there.when Dana claims boxing is dead lol btw.the boxing fight in germany has sold 60,000 live gate attendance it 5 days!!!klitchko vs haye
Anonymous- April 27, 2009 at 7:31 pm
mma writers and fans should grow a fan myself..and in every situation there are 2 sides of the story so no use to blast a person on the other side...if he dosent want mma let him be.then the 2 sides can just present theyre case and we just have to wait for the result
McGraw- April 27, 2009 at 5:38 pm

KarmaAteMycat- April 27, 2009 at 5:16 pm
Seriously? You don't care if it's legalized in NY? heres an IDEA stfu and die. THE ONE place in the entire world other then the gladiator dome in greece to have a fight is in NY CITY at the garden so kindly shut your fucking mouth K thx
Dagnut- April 27, 2009 at 4:57 pm
The lads look like they're looking Sera's pecker before he goes into shoot a porn scene.
Harry Russo- April 27, 2009 at 4:33 pm
NYC Guinea Power!!
Harry Russo- April 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm
Bronx represent muthafuckas!
McGraw- April 27, 2009 at 3:03 pm
I need to leave TUF because my new gf says she found some guy with more machismo.
CAPS LOCK HAL- April 27, 2009 at 2:40 pm
gaynk- April 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm
if its legalized in new york hows that not a good thing this site full of h8ers it just shows how mma is growing i hope it makes it to big cities all around the world
lilbigvince- April 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm
theslothman.... fuck you too. i just asked why legalizing mma in NY was so important. if the people want mma in NY...theyll get it sooner than later. the people will be heard. get ur lazy ass up off the couch or back away from the computer and vote for politicians that are mma friendly.


Crittino- April 27, 2009 at 1:12 pm
Bob Reilly is to blame for the silva/leites fight, and 9 out of 10 machida fights
Criminally Negligent - April 27, 2009 at 11:33 am
It looks like the vote must be in May because the bill is not on the agenda for the Committee's meeting on Wednesday...
Theslothman- April 27, 2009 at 10:48 am
HAL, honestly , STFU...just yesterday i was defending u, u freaking tool. Maybe New Yorkers care, and probably Dark Lord Dana too, its only the #1 fucking market! lilvince, u can suck 1 too... plenty of fights in Vegas, and Cali, but never 1 yet at the WORLDS MOST FAMOUS ARENA....all u cockblocking New York haters can lick CAPS LOCK HALS taint!!
anthony cazares- April 27, 2009 at 10:20 am
Hey ejw so is Boston and New Jersey!
ejw- April 27, 2009 at 10:04 am
fuck u hal u weird gay mother fucker. i want that shit in ny because its close by. so go suck a fat one u cunt
Ample- April 27, 2009 at 10:03 am
I could honestly give two shits about MMA being legalized in NY. What is the big deal aside from UFC making tons of money from it?
Owenlll- April 27, 2009 at 10:00 am
Is him... Seems he is famous on some tall dating place ____TallMingle.COM___ where are many hot models and handsome guys. Many tall singles find their lovers there
MJM- April 27, 2009 at 9:42 am
On a somewhat related note, some info on the same subject for Canadians living in British Columbia. As you're probably aware, there's a provincial election going on right now (May 12). The NDP party's leader was on the radio in Vancouver today saying she's against MMA. Keep that in mind coming election day, I know I will!
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- April 27, 2009 at 9:36 am
Woooooo! I'm going to Dairy Queen!!! Thanks Ben(s)!!!
Gay CAPS LOCK HAL Rules!!!- April 27, 2009 at 9:31 am
WAR Boo-town- April 27, 2009 at 9:27 am
Fuck you Hal you sick fucker.