New York doesn't deserve professional mixed martial arts ["Still fighting for MMA in NY," Sports, March 3]. I'm not talking about its fans, I'm talking about the government.

Sen. Joeseph A. Griffo (R-Rome) said, "We have an opportunity to benefit financially from it. We have an opportunity to regulate it." That should be Ultimate Fighting Championship's red-flag warning right there! Anything the government touches, whether federal, state or local, it infects with cancer until it either dies or becomes a mutated abomination.

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If New York State has its way, it will have MMA athletes fighting with headgear, elbow pads and shin guards.

Rob Kozik, Nesconset