New York’s Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation voted 11-3 on a bill to help legalize MMA in the state.
Next up is the Senate Finance Committee who will vote on the bill. No date has been set on when the vote will go down, but it’s believed that it shall pass.
“Legalizing MMA in New York will mean jobs and increased revenue,” said Senator Joseph A. Griffo. “It means New York fans will no longer have to travel to New Jersey, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and other states, but will be able to see live professional MMA in their local arenas.”
The last two years have seen bills attempting to legalize MMA in the city that never sleeps, but to no avail.
A bill in May 2012 was not voted on after a closed door meeting determined there wasn’t enough support.
UFC president Dana White has been promising to hold a card in NY this year with Madison Square Garden as a likely frontrunner as the venue.