ALBANY, 01/26/16 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today voiced his continued support for the legalization of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in New York State. Senator Seward has voted for the legalization in each of the past six years and will support the measure again either as stand-alone legislation or as part of the New York State budget.
“New York is the only state in the nation that does not allow professional MMA bouts. By legalizing the sport, we will be able to take advantage of an estimated $135 million in revenue and enact proper safety regulations for professional and amateur fighters,” said Senator Seward.
Senator Seward met with Chris Weidman, a former champion from Baldwin, New York. Weidman said “it would be a dream come true” to compete in his home state, and was hopeful that this will finally be the year that MMA is legalized in New York.
Senate bill 5949, which was approved by the senate last year, was passed again today by the Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, and Parks and can now be considered by the full senate. The bill would legalize and regulate the sport under the supervision of the New York State Athletic Commission.