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New York Times: Banned Sport Gains Fans, and Seeks More in Albany
When Lou Neglia first opened his Brooklyn martial arts academy in 1974, students wanted to learn kung fu, inspired by the television show starring David Carradine. Then karate enjoyed a surge of interest after the release of the 1984 film “The Karate Kid.” Now nearly everyone who enters Mr. Neglia’s school in Gravesend wants to learn mixed martial arts, the wildly popular staple of cable and pay-per-view television. January 21, 2009

Newsday: MMA pushes to legalize fighting in New York
The biggest fight for the mixed martial arts industry will not take place in any arena this year. Instead, it'll be in Albany, as lobbyists and industry executives try to persuade the Legislature to legalize the popular sport in New York state. January 20, 2009

New York Times: Companies Warm to Sponsoring Mixed Martial Arts
AT the end of a mixed martial arts bout, the fighters stand in the center of the cage, often donning a T-shirt given to them by their sponsors, as they await the referee’s official decision. But when the referee raised Rashad Evans’s hand after a victory last September, Mr. Evans was not wearing a shirt bearing the logo of one of the sport’s niche apparel brands like Sprawl or Tapout. Instead, on his shirt appeared a mug shot of Bill Gates, taken after the future billionaire was arrested for a traffic violation in 1977. January 20, 2009 UFC ready to grapple the Big Apple
If the UFC compiled a list of New Year's resolutions, at the top of that list would be getting the 2009 New York Legislative session to legalize mixed martial arts in the state. January 6, 2009

New York Post: Time For New York to Legalize MMA
I'M sure there are a lot of pressing issues to address when the New York legislative session begins Wednesday, but somewhere on the to-do list should be the legalization of professional mixed martial arts in the Empire State. January 3, 2009

Niagara Gazette: NIAGARA FALLS: City honors homegrown prize fighter
Fans, friends and family of Niagara Falls native Rashad Evans filled the City Hall lobby on Thursday to honor the undefeated mixed martial artist. January 2, 2009

The Wall Street Journal: To Some, the Ultimate Fight
Saturday night in Las Vegas, Randy Couture will step into an eight-sided ring surrounded by a steel cage and stare down Brock Lesnar, a 31-year-old former NCAA wrestling champion who is six inches taller, at least 40 pounds heavier and 14 years younger. Mr. Couture, who is 45, will then have 25 minutes to knock his opponent unconscious, force him to quit or control him thoroughly enough to win by decision. November 14, 2008

Las Vegas Sun:UFC study shows impact of sanctioning in NY
The UFC released an economic impact study today that showed that the sanctioning of MMA fighting in the state of New York would have a multimillion dollar boost on state and local economies, specifically in tax revenues and the tourism industry. November 10, 2008

The Poughkeepsie Journal: Martial arts group pushes for OK to hold events in NY
ALBANY — New York could be the next state to host professional mixed martial-arts events, which could result in millions of dollars in revenues and the creation of hundreds of new jobs, according to a report released Monday. November 10, 2008

New York Post: UFC Would Bring Big $$$ To Apple
An new economic impact study shows a UFC event would bring millions to New York If the site of red blood turns off some legislators to mixed martial arts, they might become fans once they learn the amount of green dollar bills the sport can generate. That's the thinking behind an economic impact study released Monday, showing the millions that could be generated through a UFC event in Buffalo and New York City. November 10, 2008

CNN: Mixed Martial Arts Fighting its Way into the Mainstream
Rich Franklin used to spend his days teaching math to high school students. Today, he spends his evenings in an octagon-shaped cage grounding and pounding fighters into submission in front of thousands of screaming fans. September 18, 2008

The Star Ledger: New York Makes a Safe Choice
With former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch and longtime Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau among the dignitaries in attendance, Gov. David Paterson made an announcement that could alter the boxing landscape in the Empire State. He appointed of Melvina Lathan as chairperson of the New York State Athletic Commission. July 28, 2008

The Tennessean: Regulated MMA is right call
Those who are so violently opposed to MMA — in which competitors battle one another using all manner of striking, grappling and wrestling skills — probably don't know much about it. July 1, 2008

Statement on the Status of Legislation to Regulate Mixed Martial Arts in New York:
We are highly optimistic that mixed martial arts, the fastest-growing sport in America, will be regulated in New York in the near future. We are dedicated to educating policymakers about mixed martial arts, and we look forward to holding a live event for our strong and growing base of New York supporters. June 19, 2008

Albany Times Union: Let fighters fight -- Mixed Martial Arts ban outdated
There's no argument -- not anymore, anyway -- for New York state to effectively ban mixed martial arts. Back in the 1990s, sure, outlawing MMA made sense. In its infancy, Ultimate Fighting Championship -- UFC, the brand name for MMA -- presented a product that amounted to felonies committed in a cage and presented for pure blood lust. May 7, 2008


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