Mixed Martial Arts is a sport that is fast growing in popularity in the United States and most cities in the Europe. In fact the sport is so popular in the US that it has been legalized and is regulated in 49 states.
However, one state, New York, uniquely remain against the sport. Despite calls by major stakeholder to have the sport legalized within the state, authorities remain adamant it is illegal. This situation is likely to remain unchanged for at least another year after New York legislators failed to legalize the sport once again this year after the legalization bill was shut down in the assembly despite the senate passing the same for each of the past six years.
UFC president Dana White had this to say about the situation in NY:
It has nothing to do with mixed martial arts… It has to do with the Culinary Union. The Culinary Union is spending millions of dollars of all these people who pay dues to keep us out of there because my partners, the Fertitta brothers, are the largest non-union gaming company in the country.…
People work in the Culinary Union pay their money towards dues, this is what all their money’s being spent towards. Fighting the UFC from coming there and bringing money into the state of New York.