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Committee head says no evidence to support MMA

The chair of an important State Assembly committee remains unsure whether mixed martial arts should be made legal in New York.

Democratic Assemblywoman Margaret Markey of Maspeth — and the arts and sports development committee she leads — has the power to send a bill to the floor that could legalize combat sports like the Ultimate Fighting Championships.

Markey said in a statement yesterday she’s heard no evidence the state’s current ban on MMA sports should be lifted.

Mixed martial arts supporters visited lawmakers around the state yesterday to promote the bill’s passage – including a stopover in Syracuse.

 

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