Nineteen years after Gov. George Pataki banned it, mixed martial arts fighting is poised to become legal again in New York.
The state Assembly is expected to overwhelmingly approve a bill to legalize it on Tuesday. The Democrat-led chamber had blocked MMA legislation for years. Now, said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx), it is clear a majority of the house supports legalization.
Pataki, a Republican, signed a law barring “ultimate fighting,” as the sport was then known, making New York one of several states to do so. But it is now the last to keep such a ban in place.
— Yancey Roy