Mixed Martial Arts KO’d Again in New York

May 7, 2012
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Another year and once again mixed martial arts fans in New York will have to wait for the sport to arrive at Madison Square Garden… or anywhere else in the state for that matter.

The New York Daily News is reporting that the New York Assembly Democratic conference, behind closed doors, discussed and denied bringing MMA sanctioning to the floor for a vote this year. Speaker Sheldon Silver determined that the votes weren’t there for a bill to pass, according to the report, so it will not go to the floor for a vote.

“It will not come to the floor this year,” Silver told the Daily News. The conference, he said, “was pretty evenly divided.”

He went on to say that he felt MMA legislation in New York was evolving and that it could pass within the next couple of years, but currently felt support was about a “50-50 proposition.”

UFC president Dana White believed years ago that MMA sanctioning was on the cusp of passage in New York, but year after year it gets stalled out along the way.

It isn’t just a matter of infighting among politicians of New York over mixed martial arts, according to White. In his view, the UFC’s problems in helping get sanctioning for the sport passed in the Empire State has nothing to do with the sport; it has to do with unions… one in particular.

“In a nutshell, my partners, the Fertittas, own a company called Station Casinos. It’s the fourth largest gaming company in the country,” White explained recently as a guest on the Mark Levin Show. “They’re non-union. So the union, the Culinary Union in Las Vegas, has been using their pull in New York to keep us out of there.

“It really has nothing to do with mixed martial arts. It has to do with culinary business in Vegas.”

Regardless of who, why, when, where, or what, the simple fact is mixed martial arts in New York is once again non-existent, at least for another year.

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  • bajafox

    Oh well, the only people getting screwed are the people who live there.

    • Lesnardo

      lol. Only people buttthurt are MMA nerds. It seems like New Yorkers don’t want MMA in their backyard, although they wouldn’t mind buying ppv.

      • frumps

        Azzclown can’t even spell “butthurt” right…

  • Their loss. Zuffa needs to put NY on ice and revisit this matter at a later date. The only ones benefiting from this little game are the politicians, lawyers and lobbyists. At some point they’ll realize how much money they’re missing out on and eventually come calling.

    I bet Nick Lembo is a happy camper right about now. More events for New Jersey and lots of money from New York state residents will continue to spill over the state line and fill his coffers.

    • fightfankevin

      Agreed, let it be known how much of that NY money is flying over to NJ.

  • clizzark

    Vermont > New York

    Even Vermont was smart enough to regulate it before New York and their shady politicians.

    • Lesnardo

      The New York politicians > You

      MMA nerds think MMA or death. And to them the world revolves around Dana White.

  • lycan

    As a resident of New York state ….. Bullshit

  • adam1848

    What this demonstrates is the ineptitude of the NY legislature. And its not just MMA…frankly, its just another in a long list of embarrassments for the state, politically and economically.

    • Lesnardo

      Not really. No one cares about what MMA nerds here think.

      • frumps

        Dude, what are you doing posting on MMAWeekly if you’re not an MMA nerd yourself?

        Get a life LesnErdo.

        • Lesnardo

          As a fan of the sport you should give credit where it’s due and criticism where it’s needed.

          I enjoy watching MMA. But just because I LIKE watching it, I am not going to say that MMA is as much of a sport as football (as claimed by Dana) or MMA fighters are, if not then soon will be, paid fairly (as claimed by Dana).

          Although I don’t agree with people that completely dismiss MMA as human dog fighting, I don’t agree with people that worship MMA.

    • JayeP1976

      Agreed adam1848…. The residents of New York deserve MMA, and a couple of old men with distorted political views are preventing that. A sad situation for sure.

      • Lesnardo

        Those old men are elected politicians. If NY really cares about MMA, those guys would be out of jobs soon.

  • The Unions are way to powerful.

    The economy sucks ass and the state can use the money, the union are all about their cash and not whats better for the economy.

  • steveflammia

    this makes me f…in sick! i am born and raised in NY and i love my city,but this is bull shit .the money and jobs MMA will bring here is in the mega’s its the same WITH Football that is my favorite sport.We don’t even have a football stadium ,and lets be honest,the JETS AND THE GIANTS r New Jersy TEAMS. DISCUSTINGGGG

  • rocketman766

    There is an amateur fight near Buffalo being promoted as the first NYS sanctioned MMA cage fight… at first I thought there was hope for NY but I don’t think so… I don’t think amateur fights have the same problem as the big guys. http://tntfights.com/

  • bajafox

    The hell with NY, he needs to work on getting an event to Hawaii

    • I don’t think the UFC will be holding an event in Hawaii any time soon (if ever), way too expensive to do a show there. Lots of taxes levied on promoters in addition to the usual licensing fees, permits and state + local taxes. Hawaii wants a cut of ticket sales and any money made from broadcasting and other forms of media.

      Hawaii priced themselves out. California is looking to pass similar legislation and if they do, they’ll suffer the same fate as Hawaii: Zero UFC shows the state.

      From an old MMAWeekly article:

      “Also as part of the new law, a new legislation of fees will be enacted for the promotions who wish to run shows in Hawaii and work along with the department in these new rules (previously they only paid the afore mentioned $500 licensing fee). The fees are as follows:

      * 3% of first $50,000 gross ticket sales
      * 2% of all gross ticket sales over $50,000
      * 2% of all receipts from television broadcasting, internet, DVD sales, etc.”

      Link to the old article: http://www.mmaweekly.com/mma-regulation-changes-for-hawaii-2

  • pogodog7

    F all unions big time and F the crooked politicians in New York also.

    • Lesnardo

      MMA is still not a mainstream sport in the US.

      NY politicians voted against MMA in New York.

      pogodog7 and other hardcore MMA fans see MMA as the center of their lives.

      Therefore, the NY politicians must be crooked.

      Wow! It all makes sense!

  • Lesnardo you have no point to what you say and you sound dumb. Get out of your moms basement and get some sun. calling ppl mma nerds as your commenting on an mma site. That is retarded all i picture is you being an uncool with farrell from step brothers. im going to comment on nfl and talk about how nfl nerds are retarded.

  • That and how is it not a mainstream sport. Its on more channels than football. (cable not dish) its everywhere and my opinion soon to be more popular than any sport. NY has always been about boxing and ny is stuck in there ways. soon as the old farts are out of office then mma will be in ny.