Legal MMA In New York City Appears Closer Than Ever

The UFC released a statement on Tuesday, noting that MMA could become legal in New York as soon as next week.

The Assembly will consider legalizing MMA next week, according to this report. The bill has previously been approved by the Republican-controlled Senate as part of the $154 billion budget.

UFC president Dana White sent out this message via Twitter, likely in relation to the statement:

“We want to thank Speaker Heastie and of course we also need to thank Majority Leader Morelle, who has worked tirelessly to educate his colleagues and build support on both sides of the aisle, but particularly among Assembly Democrats. Our thanks, as well, go to those legislators in both houses and both parties who have supported this effort over the years.

“This is a big step forward for MMA, the athletes and the huge fan base the sport enjoys in New York, however, there are still more steps before New York finally crosses the hurdle to legalize professional MMA. We look forward to working with the chairs of the committees and all Assemblymembers to provide them with any information they may need as they address the bill to legalize and regulate MMA.”