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MMA in New York bill not on Ways & Means agenda yet

Rashad Evans won a unanimous decision over of

Rashad Evans won a unanimous decision over of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson during their light heavyweight fight at UFC 114 in the MGM Grand. (May 29, 2010) Photo Credit: Getty/Jon Kopaloff/Zuffa LLC

If you were to go onto the New York State Assembly's website, click around until you got to "Assembly Committee Agenda," scroll down and click on the Ways & Means link, or any of its five addendum links, you'd find no reference to Bill No. A-04146.

You know, the bill that would legalize mixed martial arts in the state of New York.

As of noon Thursday, it was nowhere to be found on the Ways & Means committee's agenda for the next few days. And this legislative session ends Monday, June 20. Rashad Evans (pictured above, left) was in Albany earlier this week with UFC officials trying to argue their case.

Denny Farrell Jr. (D-Manhattan) is the committee chairman. “I don’t think very much of the sport. Next we’ll give them clubs with spikes on the end; that will be good,” Farrell was quoted as saying by the Journal News.

Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue), an active supporter of the bill, told Newsday that he thinks the legislation will stall in the Ways & Means Committee. He said he spoke with Farrell on Thursday.

“I am going to continue until they dismiss us to try to convince them to put this on the floor to a vote," Murray said. "But I’m not optimistic about it after my conversation with the chairman."

A spokesman from the chairman's office said "the measure is being looked at."

You can read and track the bill here. You can see the Assembly committee agenda here.

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