Remember when people thought that obtaining MMA sanctioning in New York was the UFC’s big announcement?Â Well that dream is now more defeated than ever, thanks largely to a man by the name of Bob Reilly:
“A measure to legalize Mixed Martial Arts, AKA Ultimate Fighting, or Cage Fighting, is apparentlyÂ down for the count in the Assembly Tourism committee after it looked like it didnâ€™t have enough votes to move forward this afternoon. Among those taking credit for the knockout wasÂ Assemblyman Bob Reilly, D-Colonie who argued that the state shouldnâ€™t sanction a sport characterized largely by its brutality.
â€œWe ban cockfighting and dog fighting â€” should we allow humans to enter a cage to knee, kick, and punch each other?â€ asked Reilly.Â Last week Reilly had expressed concern that the measure might pass, given the big money and lobbying pressure involved here. But ultimately, the argument against it prevailed.
Ultimate Fighting Championship, the organization that promotes such activities, has been lobbying to get in New York since 2001.Â Itâ€™s currently illegal in over 20 states, including New York, said Reilly.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship said Reilly is wrong, and that the sport is banned in only 10 states: Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.”
Clearly the powers that be do not exactly have a masters understanding of MMA, but at least the battle continues to be fought.Â Here’s to hoping these policymakers either get replaced by the less closed-minded, or at least receive a proper education as to why MMA deserves its place in the sanctioning universe.