mixed martial arts


New York will require professional boxers and mixed martial artists to get $1 million of insurance to cover life-threatening brain injuries under regulations slated to take effect in September.

New York is expected to end its ban on professional mixed martial arts when Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs legislation to put the New York State Athletic Commission in charge of the sport. 

Keith Strudler: Fighting The Good Fight

Mar 23, 2016

If you’re a New York State resident and a fan of mixed martial arts, then yesterday was a good day. Yesterday the state assembly removed a nine year ban on the sport, allowing leagues like UFC to bring their events and their fighters to Manhattan, Brooklyn, Albany, and beyond. Yes, if you’ve always fancied boxing too civilized, or football far too restrictive, then MMA – where athletes basically attack each other until one quits or get incapacitated, will satisfy your cravings. The sport has a robust global fan base, as evidenced by sold-out stadiums and arenas for marquis events, not unlike boxing. That includes a small number of highly publicized female athletes, most notably Rhonda Rousey, who last year lost her UFC title to overwhelming underdog to Holly Holm – who by the way also lost the belt to Miesha Tate, an event that cost Holm a possible huge payday for a rematch with Rousey. But, like most sports, the revenue stream is much deeper on the men’s side, even if the salaries are far, far below the mega-dollars given to the world’s top boxers. So there’s no $400 million fight like Mayweather/Pacquiao – at least not yet.


Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, a Capital Region Democrat, says he recently learned that a vote to legalize mixed-martial arts could come as soon as Monday. Santabarbara, who  has been a vocal advocate for bringing the sport to New York, said the bill to regulate it has 80 co-sponsors.

Former mixed martial arts champion Chris Weidman wants his title back and wants to fight in New York, where the sport is banned.


The fight to legalize mixed martial arts in New York — the last state to prohibit cage matches with small gloves — has resumed with a state Senate committee advancing legislation.

The Senate Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation has voted 4-2 to approve the bill to give the New York State Athletic Commission authority to regulate the sport as it does professional boxing.

The bill’s sponsor, Oneida County Republican Sen. Joe Griffo,  predicts it will pass the Senate again easily.


As proponents of Mixed Martial Arts kick off what they call the 17th round of fighting for regulated professional MMA in New York, a new study says about a third of matches end in knockout or technical knockout, indicating a higher incidence of brain trauma than boxing or other martial arts.

4/25/13 - Panel

Apr 25, 2013

Today's panelists are WAMC's Ray Graf and Times-Union Capital reporter, Jimmy Vielkind. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Election finance reform
Senator Greg Ball on torture
Mixed Martial Arts