Mixed martial arts events are illegal in New York . . . for professionals.
For amateurs, however, such events are 100 percent legal, but they are typically not sanctioned or regulated.
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Here's one that is both legal and sanctioned -- the MMA Platinum Gloves amateur tournament beginning Oct. 24.
The tournament is open to all amateur MMA fighters in weight classes ranging from flyweight to heavyweight. It is sanctioned by the UMMAF and is being put together by the folks at CompuStrike. The organizers are still looking for more fighters to participate in the tournament.
The schedule is as follows:
Opening rounds -- Oct. 24, Upsky Hotel, Hauppauge
Second round -- Nov. 16, St. Joseph's College, Patchogue
Finals -- Dec. 14, St. Joseph's College, Patchogue.
Weigh-ins would be the night before each event.
Fighters participating in the sanctioned event will not have to wear headgear. They will also wear 7-ounce gloves, as opposed to the 4-ounce gloves worn by professional fighters in the UFC, Bellator and elsewhere.
The following moves will not be allowed during the tournament: elbows, knees to the head, foot stomps, twisted ankle locks, ground-and-pound to the head.
The MMA Platinum Gloves tournament serves as a qualifier for the UMMAF World Championships in Las Vegas next summer.
Interested fighters should visit mmaplatinumgloves.com for more information.