Despite UFC president Dana White’s (Pictured) promise that mixed martial arts would make its long-awaited debut in New York in 2012, the state’s shot callers have once again slammed the cage door on the combat sport.
According to The New York Daily News, the Assembly Democratic conference discussed and denied behind a closed door meeting to bring MMA sanctioning to the floor for a vote.
“It will not come to the floor this year,” Speaker Sheldon Silver stated. He added the conference “was pretty evenly divided.”
However, Silver believes MMA is making progress and could possibly see passage within the next 24 months.
“I think it’s evolving. I don’t think two years ago it was a 50-50 proposition,” he assessed.
This marks the fourth consecutive year The Empire State has shot down the regulation of MMA.
Ironically, Monday’s report comes two days after the UFC hosted a major show just outside The Big Apple at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The card aired live on FOX.
Furthermore, Vermont became the 46th state in America to legalize the sport over the weekend.
Only New York and Connecticut remain unregulated, while Alaska and Montana lack the necessary regulatory bodies to oversee MMA.
Let the 2013 campaign begin!
Oh, New York. How we long for you…