New York Is Ready To Rumble: State Lifts Ban On MMA
The New York State Assembly voted to overturn the state's ban on mixed martial arts, making it the last state in the country to allow the sport.By Grant Suneson | March 22, 2016
For the first time, every mixed martial arts fan in America will now be able to see a fight in their home state.
The New York State Assembly voted by a pretty wide margin Tuesday to upend a ban on MMA matches within its borders. New York was the only U.S. state that still had an MMA ban on the books.
New York first banned mixed martial arts in 1997, when the sport was still being formed and had very little regulation or oversight. Considering that MMA is essentially two people in a cage trying to knock each other out, it’s understandable why it would be banned.