Even though the New York State Assembly went deep into an overtime session this year, and even though the New York Senate, for the sixth time, overwhelmingly approved legalization professional mixed martial arts in the state, the New York MMA Bill once again was left by the wayside without the Assembly voting on it.
There was reportedly overwhelming support from the Assembly, both Democratic and Republican, but the bill, as in years past, never made it to the Assembly floor for a vote.
Be that as it may, UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta was resolute that the UFC would continue to pursue MMA’s legalization in New York, believing that they would eventually succeed:
“While our disappointment cannot be overstated, our commitment to seeing New York legalize the fastest growing sport in the nation and the world is intact and undeterred. We continue to strongly believe that legalizing and regulating MMA in New York is the right thing for the state economically, the right thing for the millions of fans in New York and the right thing for the safety and benefit of the thousands of professional and amateur MMA athletes across the state.
“UFC is not harmed by not being in New York, as much as we would like to be there for our fans and for the arenas, hotels, restaurants, and other businesses which would see substantial economic benefits from the legalization of MMA in New York.
“However, the thousands of New Yorkers who engage in MMA – at the professional and amateur level – are hurt. Thousands of New Yorkers participate in amateur MMA events in the state every year, and because there is no regulation and oversight, their health and safety are at risk.
“We genuinely feel bad for the hotels, restaurants, gyms, and other businesses that support our effort and have championed this cause. We also feel bad for New York’s arenas – large and small, particularly those upstate – that have worked alongside us to pass the legislation.
“We want to thank Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle – a true champion – and the 73 other Assembly cosponsors who know passing this bill is the right thing to do. We will continue to work with them to educate the rest of their colleagues. And of course our thanks go as well to Senator Joe Griffo and his colleagues.
“This bill has now passed the Senate seven times in the last six years with overwhelming bipartisan majorities. That’s right, strong majorities of Republicans and Democrats in the Senate support this bill. We have never had more support in the Assembly, where there is clearly enough support among Democrats alone to pass the bill and we know if we could only get a vote in the Assembly, we would see strong majorities of Democrats and Republicans supporting the bill.
“Our disappointment with the Assembly’s failure to vote on and pass the bill has never been greater – simply because of the demonstrated support we have among rank and file legislators. However, our resolve to see this through has also never been greater.”
– Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Chairman & CEO
LINK to full story: http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-ceo-lorenzo-fertitta-disappointed-over-ny-mma-failure-but-resolute
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Legalizing mixed-martial arts in New York again appear to be coming up short in the state Assembly, where its sponsor said today he’s unlikely to have the votes needed for the measure to pass.
New York is the last state in the nation to bar the events, and it seems it’s going to stay that way until at least next year.
“My big challenge today is that a number of members who are counted as supporters were just unavailable today because of the scheduling, that we weren’t expected to be here this long,” Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, D-Irondequoit, Monroe County, the bill’s sponsor, told Gannett’s Albany Bureau.
“And it’s really complicated efforts to get to 76. I think it’s looking less likely as the day wears on.”
Today is expected to be the final day of the legislative session, which was extended a week because of ongoing negotiations over a host of issues. But the extra days has led to the absence of some members who would have supported the bill, Morelle said.
Morelle is seeking 76 votes from the roughly 105-member Democratic conference to pass the bill, which would legalize MMA but also establish new safety standards for all combat sports. The measure has already passed the Senate, which has approved versions of the bill for the past six years.
“We’ve had a lot of changes to the bill,” Morelle said. “We’ve obviously enhanced the protections for participants, and we’ve obviously persuaded people to come and support the bill who were originally opposed to it because of those changes.”
The Assembly has 150 seats, so if Morelle would get support from Republicans, the bill would easily pass. It’s a move that MMA supporters in recent days have encouraged the Assembly to take.
But Morelle said that’s not the way the Assembly Democrats work: They need to be able to get 76 votes in their own conference for a bill to come to the floor.
“I’m not going to have a different standard for bills sponsored by Joe Morelle than I would have for any other member – which is I don’t rely on minority votes to pass bills,” he said. “I’ll work as long as I have to work to get them, but that’s the rule.”
So it’s increasingly unlikely a vote will happen today.
“So we’ll keep working, and I’m confident that the next time we reconvene, I’m going to redouble my efforts,” Morelle said."
Link to the full article here: MMA expected to falter in Assembly - Politics on the Hudson
In light of recent reports regarding the status of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, UFC has received official medical confirmation from several doctors that Aldo did not suffer a broken rib. Following a review of the scans, it has been determined that the champion suffered a bone bruise to his rib and cartilage injury during training.
With this news, Aldo has expressed that he has every intention of facing Conor McGregor at UFC 189.
While Aldo has indicated that he will compete in Las Vegas on July 11, UFC has confirmed a contingency plan. No.1 featherweight contender Chad Mendes will face McGregor for the interim UFC featherweight championship in the event Aldo cannot compete.
UFC remains committed to delivering the featherweight and the welterweight championship fights at UFC 189 during UFC International Fight Week in Las Vegas.
LINK: Statement on UFC 189 | UFC ® - News
Demetrious Johnson has his next title defense lined up – and it’ll be a rematch.
Johnson (22-2-1 MMA, 10-1-1 UFC), the UFC’s flyweight champion, will meet John Dodson (17-6 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for the next defense of his 125-pound belt. No event has been set yet for the title fight – though Johnson reportedly wants it to take place at UFC 191, which takes place Sept. 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Ariel Helwani announced the news on tonight’s edition of FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”
Johnson most recently scored a dominant victory over Kyoji Horiguchi in the main event of UFC 186. Johnson’s victory was a record-setting one – he scored the latest submission in UFC history, getting Horiguchi to tap to an armbar at the 4:59 mark of Round 5. The win was Johnson’s eighth’s consecutive victory, seven of which have come in title bouts.
Johnson and Dodson first fought in the main event of UFC on FOX 6 in January 2013 in Chicago. In that fight, Johnson won a unanimous decision in a “Fight of the Night” winner. Many have argued Dodson has been the champ’s toughest challenge yet as champion.
Dodson has won three straight since that fight. He won a fight-night bonus when he knocked out Darrell Montague at UFC 166. Then he stopped John Moraga a little more than a year ago when a doctor waved the fight off after two rounds. After a lengthy injury layoff, he returned in May at UFC 187 and took a unanimous decision against former Bellator bantamweight champion Zach Makovsky.
LINK to full story: Demetrious Johnson draws rematch with John Dodson for next flyweight title defense | MMAjunkie
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