The UFC-spearheaded movement to get mixed martial arts competition legalized in the state of New York has unfortunately been derailed yet again. The New York Daily News is reporting that Democrats in the New York State Assembly have removed a provision for MMA regulation out of a soon-to-be-voted-on budget bill.
Despite the fact that Governor David Paterson has voiced favorable opinion on the subject of MMA legalization, most of his political cohorts do not support the movement even though, as MMAFighting.com pointed out, bringing high-end MMA events to the state would provide much-needed income to the currently budget crunching state.
State Assembly member Steven Englebright had this to say on the decision to remove MMA regulation from the proposed budget bill: “The majority of voices who spoke about this issue in our conference were not supportive of approving it as part of the budget.” He also added that it is unlikely the State Assembly will again discuss MMA legalization.
This is a highly unfortunate happening as MMA seemed to be closer than ever before to gaining regulation in New York and now may not see legalization in the state for some years, if ever. While it will not hinder MMA’s continued success too much to not have regulation in New York, there is a measure of mainstream acceptance garnered by a sporting event gaining access to the coveted Madison Square Garden venue. This is certainly not a crippling blow but it is a setback nonetheless and the UFC is probably regretting the money and time that they spent to push the issue right about now.