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MMA bill passes in N.Y. committee

Updated: February 28, 2013, 7:09 PM ET
By Franklin McNeil | ESPN.com

The latest move to legalize mixed martial arts in New York got off to a positive start Thursday as the state's Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation voted 11-3 on a bill in support of the sport.

The bill now heads to the Senate Finance Committee, which has yet to set a date for a vote on the matter. Committee members are expected to vote in favor of the bill.

"I know the Senate will again pass the bill this year, and I am hopeful that with the ...

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