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, the pressure to get the sport sanction continues, but insiders are saying it might not happen this year.
• The New York Daily News threw some cold water on the notion that the MMA bill was going to get through the Assembly this year, stating that one Assemblyman’s sexual harassment scandal could have Assembly Speaker Sheldon Speaker looking to appease the women’s groups that are against mixed martial arts. Granted, the idea that one politician not even remotely connected to the MMA issue could scuttle things for the sport is a crazy one, but this is politics. Stranger things have happened.
• And here’s a women’s organization asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to reconsider his stance on MMA. Do these groups know that one of the most popular champs on the UFC’s roster is a female? Do they know that said female – Ronda Rousey – was in Albany a month ago campaigning for the sport?
• Here’s an editorial from a news outlet Upstate in favor of sanctioning the sport. Hey, every little bit helps.
• Since it’s a slow news cycle for New York MMA news, here’s a little thing I did on my blog about the lack of New York-based fighters on these big New York amateur MMA shows. It’s not macro-level news by any means, but it’s a real issue.