Since it’s that time of the year when the struggle to get the sport sanctioned in New York becomes a recurring news item, it makes sense to have a weekly update post. So here it is! This week, there was an amateur MMA show in the Bronx, there’s an amateur show in Manhattan tonight, and the UFC holds three press conferences in Upstate New York to drum up support.
• Time is running out on the Assembly’s legislative session, so to move the needle the Zuffa machine made stops in Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester to help keep the issue in the public consciousness. Not every legislator was swayed, but only time will if Monday’s whirlwind tour helped the cause.
• When the Economist talks about MMA in New York, you just know the issue is legitimate now.
• Here’s an editorial by a former UFC fighter and a New York State Senator asking calling for greater protection of the fighters.
• Oh look, I’m on TV.
• According to veteran MMA journalist Pete Lampasona, don’t believe everything you hear about the unions keeping MMA out of New York.
• Here’s an event report from the Aggressive Combat Championship, which held their second amateur MMA show in the Bronx last weekend.
• Meanwhile, Victory Combat Sports casts their hat into the ring (er, cage?) tonight with their first amateur MMA show in New York City. Terminal 5 is the venue, and if the success of March’s Kings of New York event is of any indication, VCS 1 should be a doozy. Here’s what you need to know about it (and yes, I will be there covering it from cageside):