NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A big Ultimate Fighting Championship match at the Prudential Center in Newark this weekend is sparking excitement and new questions about New York’s ban on mixed martial arts, which some hope could change soon.
Last month, the New York Senate voted for the fifth straight year for legalizing professional mixed martial arts and ending the state’s position as the last one to prohibit the sport.READ MORE: Woman Collapses, Dies While Climbing Stairs To 19th-Floor Apartment During Power Outage In Co-Op City
“It’s literally legal in 49 states…all over the world. We’re doing a fight in Melbourne, Australia; everywhere except for New York,” UFC President Dana White told 1010 WINS.
The Senate bill, approved 47-14, would authorize the New York State Athletic Commission to regulate MMA as it does professional boxing.
Some critics have raised concerns fighter safety, but White said there have been no fatalities or serious injuries in MMA in this country.
“Think about this, even back in the crazy days when there were no rules or any of that, there’s never been a death or serious injury in the UFC,” White said. “Not many sports can say that, cheerleading can’t say that.”