Found February 28, 2012 on Illegal Elbows:
Amateur MMA said to be legal in NY State Attorney General motion 

A few weeks back, a huge piece of news made it onto the internet and that was Amateur MMA is said to be legal now in New York State. This comes as great news to MMA folks in the pro and Am world. Mix Martial Arts and New York has had a long history of oddness and it’s looking to be over. The long struggle between Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts may be at a head shot, this is going to be interesting. Why it’s been on so long and I mean the folks that have been yelling at this whole thing. MMA odd legal journey there in NY has been strange as well. Once MMA is legal in NY, what is next for the folks in MMA. My view is going to be something your not going to agree with here. Finally Amateur MMA is said to be legal, in NY really?

MMA in NYC is something that Dana White and company have been chasing since the days they bought the company. Mixed Martial Arts in New York state is the holy grail of Combat sports. When UFC was in it’s baby stages, UFC held an event in Buffalo New York with a big turnout and UFC had a war in 1995 and attempting to get the event held there was crazy, I am not going to talk about here but let me reassure you, bongos UFC 7 featured the 1st America view of Marco Ruas and Ken Shamrock took on the Russian Bear in the Super fight. One cool oddity that took place was when Michael Buffer who was the king of Ring announcers for years up to this. Buffer mistakenly announced that Buffalo Memorial Auditorium was the home of the Buffalo Bills. He obviously meant to say the Buffalo Sabres.

Boxing and it’s MMA struggle has been entertaining and this is the last stand for the battle between the 2 sports. Dana White always said when UFC was legal in New York, it would be the biggest thing on the planet and it would blast Boxing out of the mainstream and make UFC king, once and for all. Boxing has always had people in the highest offices of power there to make sure UFC has not been made legal, Madison Square Garden is the last boxing mecca in the history of the Combat Sports world. I believe if a UFC was held in MSG, it would sell out and be the biggest NYC sporting event ever. USA Today recently reported that UFC and it’s parent company Zuffa Sports promises if UFC was to be made legal in the NYC area, they would hold 2 events there per year. Now the money is the factor here, but Boxing does the same if not less biz than MMA in NY.

Now something that has come about lately is that NY much like the rest of the country is needing money. UFC is HUGE right now and would bring in 23 million dollars in Business The figure also includes that 16 million would come from 2 UFC shows, and 4 million from 70 events that would be held by smaller company’s in the UFC’s wake of getting shows legal there. However people who are boxing guys don’t care if the UFC would fix some money issues. Bob Reily who is a Assemblyman in NY recently has argued that potential economic benefits do not justify sanctioning an inherently violent sport. He believes that combat sports that are already accepted, such as boxing, would not pass muster if they had to gain approval in today’s society.

Whats next after New York gets the reigns in NYC? I think that UFC would be a bigger deal and we could see some huge match ups in the city and state in general. Local MMA would become feeder leagues to the UFC and Strike force. Mixed Martial Arts may finally be able to kill off boxing from the mainstream. I love boxing but come on, I recently saw that The Klitcheko brothers were going to be defending their titles over the weekend. These guys have had the belts since 2003 and will continue to lay waste to the Heavyweight division Manny and Floyd keep not fighting each other and people who should not be in the ring with either one of them. So if UFC gets into NY, this could vault UFC into the mainstream more than they are already are.



My view on UFC being legal and any Am MMA in NY is something that may be a tool to piss off Dana White and gang. Remember we have spent half the column talking about the actual decision, and that was to sanction Amateur Mixed Martial arts in New York state. So what we have here is the NY folks could generate money off those folks. Then keep UFC at bay for a little longer and cause Dana and the Zuffa folks to go ape ****, because Dana and gang do not do Amateur MMA, they do Professional. It’s like making Tough man legal but not real boxing. Why not make NCAA basketball cool but NBA gotta get the hell out. Guess what it’s not that big of a difference but lets face it it’s NY and those folks are on the take and crazy up there.

Finally the UFC gaining access to New York state would be epic for the sport of MMA. My view on this is very true because NY is run by boxing guys not people who want to see MMA make any head way into the Big Apple state. What is next after NY, I think it could be rest of the country there are certain states that still do not allow MMA and KS is thinking of banning it, after the Athletic commission here makes all sorts of bank off the MMA folks with events held all year long all over the state of Kansas. This could be something that would take place in the next year or so and that’s a Mixed Martial Arts event in Madison Square Garden. This could happen and this could be HUGE for the sport.


James Lowe

Thank you,

James Lowe


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