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Friday, January 25, 2013
Push to get MMA embraced in NY continues

By Michael Woods

On the outside chance you only come to ESPNNewYork.com for the NYFightblog, you may not have seen the story posted on the home page earlier, which touched on the letter sent by the Association of Boxing Commissions to the top politicians in New York, including Governor Cuomo. The ABC is asking for the New York State Athletic Commission to be able to regulate amateur MMA events in NY, because right now, events run which are sanctioned and overseen by a myriad of bodies, some of them fairly obscure.

An attorney from the firm which helped draft the letter, Justin Klein, checked in with NYFightblog about the letter and the desired response: “The Association of Boxing Commissions trusts that responsible government officials in New York will take action in response to the serious safety concerns arising from the virtually unregulated nature of mixed martial arts in the State,” he said.

Certainly the fans who travel from the city to see UFC events in New Jersey are hoping that Klein's optimism is warranted, that NYSAC will be tasked with regulating the sport properly, and that pro MMA will get the thumbs up in the legislature before their session ends in June.