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New York State Assembly committee cancels MMA public hearing, sources say

Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, left, poses with

Sen. Kevin Parker, D-Brooklyn, left, poses with mixed martial arts athletes Ronda Rousey, center, and Nick Catone at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y., on Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Photo Credit: AP / Mike Groll

LAS VEGAS -- The public hearing about injuries in combat sports called for by New York State Assembly Tourism committee head Margaret Markey will not take place on Friday as scheduled, sources said Tuesday.

No reason was given for the hearing not taking place. It is unclear if it is being canceled or postponed to a later date.

A call placed to Markey’s press agent by Newsday has yet to be returned.

The Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development was seeking to hear testimony about the nature and frequency of injuries suffered by professional boxers, wrestlers, MMA fighters and athletes in other combative sports.

The tourism committee, chaired by Assemb. Markey (D-Queens) is where the bill to legalize MMA in New York originates. New York is the only state with a ban on the sport.

Markey has said in the past that she is against legalizing MMA in New York based on health and safety issues.

A rally to legalize MMA in New York will still take place Friday morning as scheduled.

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