It’ll come as no great surprise to anyone who’s been following the story that the bid to push through a bill legalizing mixed martial arts in the state of New York has once again come undone.
As in previous years the bills journey through the New York Assembly was halted when it wasn’t included on the agenda by The Ways & Means Committee.
The UFC in particular had spent considerable time, effort and money pushing the bill this year, holding a press conference in New York earlier in the year to plead their case, while last week Dana White put forward an opinion piece in the New York Daily News stating why he felt it was time for the sport to be made legal in the state.
While there does appear to have been some support for the bill which perhaps leaves hope for the future, there still remains those in the Assembly who are opposed to MMA, and they are continuing to be a thorn in the side of the sport.
Despite the latest setback White has repeatedly stated that they are not going anywhere and that they will continue to campaign for the sport to be legalized in New York for as long as takes.
In the mean time New Yorker’s will miss out on the opportunity to see MMA events, and the millions of dollars that major mixed martial arts events would bring into the local economy, while watching the vast majority of other U.S states embrace it and benefit from the fastest growing sport in the world.