Currently, only amateur MMA can be conducted in the state of New York.
If the UFC, and Ronda Rousey, have anything to say about that, things will change rather quickly.
Rousey is in New York to help the push to legalize MMA and is set to even meet with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state legislators in the capital, according to the New York Post.
“This is a big sport, and it’s growing,” Cuomo said. “It can create jobs and economic growth in the state of New York – and I’m interested in it.”
A bill making MMA legal has been held up countless times, but with the removal of Sheldon Silver from the floor as New York State Assembly Speaker, it appears things are moving in the right direction now. New York is currently the only state without legal pro MMA.
UFC officials have stated plans to hold several events in New York if the bill is passed, including one this December.