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 show in Manhattan on Saturday night, and with the sands in the legislative hourglass running out comes a flurry of opinion.
• There are 13 session days left in the State Assembly’s legislative calendar. Can an MMA bill get done in that time? Sure. Will it? Dunno. But people are trying. Here’s a big tourism organization based in New York City saying the sport should be sanctioned. Some folks from Upstate New York are in agreement, with the common denominator being that MMA would boost economic activity.
• Finally – FINALLY – Zuffa strikes back at the Culinary Union in kind. Here’s a nice little website devoted to sprawling on CU 226’s takedown attempt and delivering some ground and pound.
• If you feel like it, check out this slideshow on some New York MMA events I’ve been to in the past couple years.
• Victory Combat Sports held their inaugural amateur MMA show in Hell’s Kitchen, and it was a pretty entertaining affair. It was not, as they repeatedly claimed, the “first legally sanctioned MMA show in New York” – that distinction goes to the Vengeance at the Vanderbilt shows that were sanctioned by Karate International back in 1998 to 2002 – but it was the first one sanctioned by the World Kickboxing Association, so there were doctors, EMTs, and trained officials galore. Here’s my little piece on the event, posted on FiveOuncesofPain. Fightland was there, too, so here are two pieces they did on the show.
Of course, if you’re lazy, you can just watch these videos of a couple of the fights.