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Report: New York Governor to Endorse MMA Legalization in Budget Proposal This Month

(An open mind, and the ability to pull tall chicks. Gotta love this dude.)


ALBANY – Gov. Paterson is set to propose legalizing ultimate fighting and its controversial steel-cage matches to help wrestle the state’s fiscal woes.
Madison Square Garden and upstate venues have supported the idea in hopes of hosting its events. An Ultimate Fighting Championship league match scheduled for Newark in March sold out last week.
Paterson, who has said the state faces a deficit of up to $9 billion, is looking for ways to generate revenue without raising taxes or borrowing and will reveal his proposal in his 2009-10 budget plan Jan. 19, sources told the Daily News.

Supporters say legalizing the sport would result in millions of dollars for the cash-strapped state — not just from the matches but also the economic impact on hotels, restaurants and other businesses. A study done in 2008 by the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization estimated one event would generate $11.5 million in economic activity in New York City and $5.2 million in Buffalo. Ultimate Fighting Championship estimates there could be two or three events a year in New York…
The sport is regulated in 42 states, including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Florida and California. New York banned it in 1997 at the urging of then-Gov. George Pataki, who called it barbaric. A bill to reverse the ban and allow the sport to be regulated by the state Athletic Commission has died the past two years in the Assembly.

If you’ll notice on NYDN article page, there’s a poll asking readers if "ultimate fighting" should be legal in New York State. At the moment, 79% of voters are in favor; let’s see if we can get that sucker closer to 90%. And if you’re feeling especially motivated to support MMA regulation in New York, feel free to e-mail a positive note about the story to, or e-mail NY’s legislators right here. The MMA regulation bill was a victim of bad timing last year, but with the endorsement of the Governor himself, this is our battle to win in 2010.

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RockSteady- January 11, 2010 at 8:24 pm
itsgalf- January 11, 2010 at 4:04 pm
AussieJosh- January 11, 2010 at 3:17 pm
I just voted and i live in Australia!
Now at 91%!!!!!!!!
thurmonator- January 11, 2010 at 12:37 pm
ahahahahahaha Not only do I see what you did there, but by God I think I like it!
El Famous Burrito- January 11, 2010 at 11:35 am
God, I love being a turtle.
Seoul Brother- January 11, 2010 at 11:35 am
How much you wanna bet that a human punching bag like the New York Long Island Bad Ass will beg like the bitch we know he is to be in the first UFC fight at MSG? Still, I'd love to Baroni fight again just to see him get pummeled worse than Sanchez got his ass handed to him by BJ Penn.
SiDeBuRnZ- January 11, 2010 at 11:33 am
Maybe on hindsight, they'll realise they should have passed that bill earlier.

Also, first.
Goat- January 11, 2010 at 11:15 am
Yeah...a little too Raph...
ben- January 11, 2010 at 10:49 am
@ Viva Hate:Awesome.  That was almost *too* easy...
Viva Hate- January 11, 2010 at 10:22 am
90% all hail potato nation, king of the internets
Scott- January 11, 2010 at 9:51 am
Patterson has a great vision for New York.
El Famous Burrito- January 11, 2010 at 9:22 am
I voted No.

Bob Reilly's argument of "It's bad, mmmkay." is very compelling.
Jburg- January 11, 2010 at 9:21 am
Tai-Pan- January 11, 2010 at 9:19 am
Fred Armisen already does and holding strong at 88%!
cliffjitsu- January 11, 2010 at 9:07 am
We got that bitch up to 88%!
Bob Reilly- January 11, 2010 at 8:57 am
The Clinch- January 11, 2010 at 8:52 am
Fred Armisen should do impressions of that guy.. If he doesn't already.
bpd- January 11, 2010 at 8:37 am
agentsmith Says:
Mon, 01/11/2010 - 09:57
He doesn't see anything wrong with MMA.

See what I did there?

I do. But Gov. Paterson doesn't!

ATT Maccabee- January 11, 2010 at 8:22 am
It's at 87% in favor now and it only lets people vote once! I'd love to go to a chow at MSG.
ReX13- January 11, 2010 at 8:20 am
agentsmith Says:
Mon, 01/11/2010 - 09:57
He doesn't see anything wrong with MMA.

Iron Fist- January 11, 2010 at 8:17 am
87%!!!! The power of the potato cannot be stopped!
Goat- January 11, 2010 at 8:16 am
I always imagined "Ultimate Fighting" as two guys, wearing buckets on their heads, using pillows as body armor, wielding gardening equipment while circling each other in a giant, slightly concave circle.
agentsmith- January 11, 2010 at 7:57 am
He doesn't see anything wrong with MMA.

See what I did there?
ReX13- January 11, 2010 at 7:46 am

And that chick ain't too bad. You know, for a blind guy.
Yurko- January 11, 2010 at 7:42 am
CLEARLY a move to clinch the much sought after tattooed-skinhead-homosexual vote.