New York becomes last US state to lift MMA ban

Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC Chairman and President, speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State on January 13, 2011Mixed martial arts makes its New York debut at Madison Square Garden on November 12 after the state governor ended a two-decade ban, in a major boost to the rapidly emerging sport. MMA has been outlawed in New York State since 1997 but in March, the state assembly overwhelmingly passed a bill legalizing it — the last state in the US to do so. “It means a lot because historically people that were against the sport, the first they would bring up was, ‘Well, you’re not even legal in New York,'” Lorenzo Fertitta, who runs the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), told AFP.

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