ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — New York State is the only place in the U.S. where mixed martial arts is illegal but some state lawmakers are hoping to change that.
Governor Cuomo included MMA in this year’s budget proposal and UFC fighters say they have never been closer.
Now they just need a final push from supporters across the state.
Tuesday morning UFC executives and former middleweight champion and New York native Chris Weidman will lobby at the capitol on its behalf.
It has consistently passed in the senate for years, but has always been held up in the assembly. Supporters are hopeful that could change with new leadership this year.
Of course there are the critics as well who say the sport is just too violent but those involved say legalizing it would actually make the professional sport safer with rules and regulations.
Supporters say they are not surprised it is now being considered because the sport has the potential to bring in millions of dollars to the state.