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New York Post: UFC in New York state of mind
The press conference for UFC 78 was held in a small room at a hotel near the Newark Airport with less than 50 people in attendance. That was in November 2007, the last time the mixed martial arts company staged a show at the Prudential Center. Yesterday, the press conference for UFC 111 was at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, where a crowd of more than 700 media and fans kicked off a promotion that is as much about New York as it is New Jersey. March 25, 2010


The New York Times: Garden Shows an Interest in M.M.A.
Mixed martial arts is not legal in New York State, but that has not stopped Madison Square Garden from jumping into the cage. Radio City Music Hall, which the Garden operates, will host a news conference on Wednesday for the Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view card on Saturday in Newark. The fights, to be contested at the sold-out Prudential Center, will be shown on a big screen at Radio City. March 24, 2010


The New York Times: Overseer of Boxing, Supporter of M.M.A.
Melvina Lathan, the chairwoman of the New York State Athletic Commission, has a passion for boxing that “began in vitro,” she says, and would lead her to be a judge of 83 championship fights around the world. But she appreciates mixed martial arts enough to want the State Legislature to legalize the sport it banned. “It’s not something I rush home to see, but I recognize its athleticism,” she said. “I like the intelligence needed to get out of holds where so many disciplines are used. When they’re grappling, I grab the edge of my chair.” March 6, 2010


The New York Daily News: UFC back in New York? Gov. Paterson wants to legalize ultimate fighting - to resolve budget crisis
ALBANY - Gov. Paterson is set to propose legalizing ultimate fighting and its controversial steel-cage matches to help wrestle the state's fiscal woes. Madison Square Garden and upstate venues have supported the idea in hopes of hosting its events. An Ultimate Fighting Championship league match scheduled for Newark in March sold out last week. January 11, 2010


Sports Illustrated: Governor signs bill regulating MMA fights in Mass.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick on Monday signed into law a bill regulating mixed martial arts, making it a near certainty that the UFC will host an event in the Bay State sometime in 2010. December 1, 2009


New York Daily News: Hand-to-hand combat that's good for N.Y.: Bring MMA to the Empire State
As a devoted follower of the full-contact sport known as mixed martial arts (MMA) - sometimes called "ultimate fighting" - I often host "fight watch" parties at my home on Long Island. The last few events we have watched have come from Pennsylvania, Nevada, California, Texas and Indiana. When the talk turns to how great it would be to go to an MMA event in New York, my friends glare at me. You see, I take much of the blame for our state being one of only nine that still does not allow and regulate this exciting sport. November 18, 2009


WSYR-Syracuse: Growing Base of UFC Fans in CNY
Cicero (WSYR-TV) – Saturday night marked the 100th tournament of the ultimate fighting championship airing on pay-per view. Hundreds of fans around Central New York gathered to organize viewing parties. July 12, 2009


USA Today: UFC's milestone event shows how far sport has come
NEW YORK — Marc Ratner vividly remembers driving up to the Mandalay Bay Events Center on the Las Vegas Strip. It was late September 2001, and the longtime head of the Nevada State Athletic Commission couldn't believe what was unfolding. Thousands of people had lined up more than an hour before the doors opened for UFC 33, the first mixed martial arts event ever sanctioned in his state. July 10, 2009


The Buffalo News: Mixed martial arts taking hold in area
Jason Trzewieczynski is on all fours. Paint splattered on his hands, he puts the final touches on a jujitsu design at his mixed martial arts gym in Clarence Center — the Buffalo Training Center. Trzewieczynski dropped out of college two years ago, but he's putting that design major to use here. July 8, 2009


Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: Mixed martial arts fighters want to be able to fight in New York state
On a recent Monday afternoon, the sounds of emphatic thuds echo off the walls of Bedroc Martial Arts Academy — a dungeon-like facility in the back of Xtreme Fitness, a gym in Greece. The resounding "oomph" has become commonplace at Bedroc, where 20-year-old Tom Vanderhorst trains seven days a week. Vanderhorst is locked in an intimidating zone as he kicks away at pads. Onlookers can take solace in one comforting fact — it's not them he's laying into. April 26, 2009


The Schenectady Gazette: Fans want mixed martial arts legalized
Wanderlei Silva poses for photographs and signs autographs. He beams at the awestruck students who will spend the better part of the morning at Empire Martial Arts in Colonie watching him demonstrate mixed martial arts moves and practicing those moves themselves. A charming, bearish man who also happens to be one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s top guns, Silva strides to the front of the gym. The students break into applause and gather around him in a circle. Silva is allowed to teach mixed martial arts in New York. But he cannot compete here. March 22, 2009


Newsday: Making MMA legal in NYC could boost the economy
Although the budget remains the most pressing issue in Albany in such dire economic times, the bill to legalize mixed martial arts in New York state will undoubtedly garner attention and create controversy during this legislative session as well. While MMA events are legal in most states, the sport is not sanctioned in New York. In a matter of months, however, that may change. March 22, 2009


Newsday: Fighting for mixed martial arts in New York Op-Ed by Matt Serra
Matt Serra of East Meadow is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion. As leaders in Albany struggle to deal with the state's fiscal problems, they should think outside the box and inside the Octagon. Last April, I fought Georges St. Pierre in a rematch of the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight title match. Our sport is banned in New York, and this fight was held in Montreal, St. Pierre's hometown. The sold-out crowd of 21,000 was less than welcoming - everywhere I went that weekend, I heard jeers and boos. When I eventually lost the match, the cheers for my opponent were deafening. March 20, 2009


New York Daily News: Bring MMA to N.Y. – Legend is ready to bring the fight to Albany to get sanctioned bouts here
Mixed martial arts is currently banned in New York, but a big fight is planned for Albany. That's where lobbyists and industry executives will go head to head with state lawmakers to persuade them to legalize MMA here. Thirty-seven states have already done just that, and it's time for New York to get onboard. January 25, 2009


NBC Sports: Elevate MMA in the USA? Yes, we can
Tuesday afternoon, as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America, I, like millions of Americans, was unable to watch the proceedings because of work. Unlike millions of Americans, however, I was at a press conference for Saturday night’s Affliction show, which is why this relates to MMA – and trust me, it will. January 21, 2009




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