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NYSAC Chairwoman Wants MMA in New York

Newsday is reporting that New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) chairwoman Melvina Lathan is asking her New Yorkers to, “keep an open mind,” in regards to allowing Mixed Martial Arts into its state. Former Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director and current UFC Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs, Marc Ratner has known Lathan for years and believes that, “the legislature will approve this sport in early 2009.

The UFC was hoping to make a huge announcement regarding a UFC Pay-Per-View in New York but when the bill was pushed back until next January, it put a wrench in the situation.

Although Lathan is a “boxing purist” by her own admission, she feels that New York has room for two sports but she knows that she has an uphill battle on her hands even as the NYSAC’s chairwoman.