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New York Daily News: Ultimate Fighting kicks up legalization push a notch
Organizers of Ultimate Fighting are bombarding fans and gyms to drum up support for legalizing the controversial sport in New York, the Daily News has learned. The Ultimate Fighting Championship organization has sent thousands of e-mails and glossy cards to mixed martial arts gyms and fans of the sport across the state, urging them to contact their legislators. May 7, 2008


Legislative Gazette: Ultimate Fighting Wants Regulation in New York
Officials and fighters from the Ultimate Fighting Championship lobbied in Albany today in support of a bill that would regulate mixed martial arts fights in New York state. UFC is regulated in 32 states and its owners are hoping that New York will adopt a new law which would expand the amount of governing bodies that can regulate fights in New York state. May 6, 2008


The Star-Gazette (Elmira): Ultimate Fighting will return to ring in N.Y.
Advocates for the sport of ultimate fighting took their battle to Albany today to support a measure that could bring back the mixed martial-arts competitions to New York after being banned 11 years ago. Yet the assemblywoman who proposed the bill isn’t jumping into the ring to support a revival of the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the state, saying her measure wasn’t intended for that purpose. May 6, 2008


New York Times City Room Blog: Fighters Press Albany to Lift Ban on Mixed Martial Arts
Matt Serra is a tough guy. He’s short and stocky and has been pummeling men with his bare fists — O.K., he wears an open-fingered glove — for years as a fighter with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. But is he tough enough to strong-arm the State Legislature into lifting the state’s ban on mixed martial arts fighting? May 6, 2008


Observer-Dispatch: Griffo wants Ultimate Fighting in N.Y.
Matt Hamill has made the Ultimate Fighting Championship famous in the Mohawk Valley. Now, state Sen. Joe Griffo is trying to bring the UFC home to Matt Hamill. Griffo, R-Rome, supports legislation that would legalize UFC competitions in New York state. Last year, the state Assembly approved legislation that would legalize and regulate mixed martial arts — bouts that combine elements of boxing, wrestling and kickboxing. The bill died in the Senate. May 1, 2008


Associated Press: Rights for Ultimate Fighting sought for bigger market in NY
On the eve of the fight that drew 4,000 people to Montreal's Bell Centre just for the weigh-in last month, mixed martial arts had its gaze trained on New York. "The same show in the Garden would be every bit as big," Ultimate Fighting Championship's Marc Ratner said. The 21,000 seats for the 170-pound title rematch between Long Island's Matt Serra and Montreal's Georges St. Pierre had sold out three months earlier for a $5 million gate. May 1, 2008


Newsday: MMA could be coming our way
Although mixed martial arts is legal in 32 states, the fighting sport in which almost anything goes is still not sanctioned in New York. Two bills currently in the state legislature could change that. Both bills, one in the Assembly and one in the Senate, were introduced to committees in late January to seek legalization and regulation for mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York, which cannot host any events until sanctioning is obtained. April 24, 2008


Times-Union: MMA may be on way
The UFC, which combines the skills of boxing, wrestling, karate, judo and jujitsu, has become one of the most sought-after sports tickets in areas throughout the country. Thirty-two states currently put on sold-out shows. It has yet to become regulated in New York state but that day is coming. That's what Marc Ratner, the vice president of government and regulatory affairs for the UFC, says. April 24, 2008


Times Herald-Record: Is Ultimate Fighting on way to New York?
Imagine Ultimate Fighting Championship stars like Chuck Liddell, Matt Serra or Quinton "Rampage" Jackson stepping into the cage at a packed Madison Square Garden. It could happen. April 4, 2008


SportsCenter Boston: Mixed Martial Arts A Knockout In New England
There are dozens of local fight cards every year around New England... but you may know it best from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. And one of the U-F-C's rising stars practices his knockout punches and devastating submissions right here in Somerville. March 9, 2008


Newark Advocate: Ohio has taken to UFC
"You've got a lot of blue-collar, hard-working people and they really respect combat sports like this, wrestling and football. It gives them something to do and something to talk about, "welterweight contender Jon Fitch, a Fort Wayne, Ind., native, said. "I think you could go to the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, and I guarantee you'd have 100,000 people there. You have a Saturday night and the UFC is in town, and this is the best place to be." March 9, 2008


Variety: Ultimate Fighting wins over audiences; Sport may launch next big action star
Once blasted by state commissioners for its brutal bouts, the Ultimate Fighting Championship has won over audiences. Its live events regularly sell out in minutes, ratings for its shows on Spike are surging, and merchandise from brands like Tapout is flying off the shelves. Its athletes, with appellations like Mask, Ice Man and Rampage, have become household names among 18- to 34-year-old males. With that kind of success, it's no surprise Hollywood's come calling. February 29, 2008


Associated Press: Anheuser-Busch ad deal is milestone for Ultimate Fighting
UFC® has come a long way since it was founded in 1993 with an anything-goes mentality that pitted tough fighters in sometimes bloody matches. The league is now a multimillion dollar enterprise that broadcasts arena-filled events on pay-per-view and has deals with cable networks like Spike TV. UFC ®president Dana White said the Anheuser-Busch endorsement is a key step in the sport's migration into mainstream entertainment because of the brewer's recognition as a flagship sponsor for sports like boxing and NASCAR. February 29, 2008


Pioneer Press: As mixed martial arts explodes, is Minnesota missing out?
Around the country, the sport of mixed martial arts is packing in the fans and throwing off cash. And in mixed martial arts, it doesn't get bigger than the Ultimate Fighting Championship - the big leagues of a sport that is hot and keeps getting hotter. November 17, 2007


ESPN.Com: NFL players using MMA training to prepare for season
NFL players have always trained to get an edge. Jerry Rice's workout routine included running five miles uphill, coupled with wind sprints, six days a week during the offseason. LaDainian Tomlinson put in a 25-yard dirt hill in his backyard so he could train three days a week doing sprints to better prepare himself mentally and physically for the upcoming season. October 19, 2007




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