New York State Assembly Speaker reportedly to bring MMA vote next week; UFC releases statement

The New York MMA push is continuing to gain steam Tuesday following a report from Vice’s Fightland early in the day. A follow up from the New York Daily News, citing sources within the Assembly, now says that Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie told Democratic members that he plans to bring the latest MMA legalization bill to a vote next week.

The UFC released a statement based on the latest reports, expressing their gratitude and encouragement on the positive updates, while also stressing that it’s not over yet.

“We want to thank Speaker Heastie and of course we also need to thank Majority Leader Morelle, who has worked tirelessly to educate his colleagues and build support on both sides of the aisle, but particularly among Assembly Democrats,” said UFC Vice President of Global Business Development and Government Relations Michael J Britt in the statement. “Our thanks, as well, go to those legislators in both houses and both parties who have supported this effort over the years.

“This is a big step forward for MMA, the athletes and the huge fan base the sport enjoys in New York, however, there are still more steps before New York finally crosses the hurdle to legalize professional MMA. We look forward to working with the chairs of the committees and all Assembly members to provide them with any information they may need as they address the bill to legalize and regulate MMA.”

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