MMA in NY? Not In 2012 – Bill Fails To Pass

May 8, 2012 6:38 am by Jose Garcia

Madison Square Garden is arguably one of the most historic and renowned venues in the United States. Unfortunately any type of MMA action in the historic building will have to wait yet another year.

The New York Assembly Democratic Conference recently spoke about the MMA sanctioning bill. It was brought to light this week and again decided that it would not go to the floor for a vote this year, the New York Daily News reported. Speaker Sheldon Silver said there were not enough votes for the bill to pass, so it is unable to advance to the floor for voting.

“It will not come to the floor this year,” Silver told the Daily News. The conference, he said, “was pretty evenly divided.”
There has been an abundance of believers that thought the bill was on the verge of passing and the sanctioning of MMA in the state was inevitable. Though, year after year the thought is shot down and the thought of it reaching the floor is looking more and more bleak.

Dana White in speaking as a guest on the Mark Levin show gave his opinion on why the Empire State will never allow the sanctioning of the sport we all love so much.

“In a nutshell, my partners, the Fertittas, own a company called Station Casinos. It’s the fourth largest gaming company in the country. They’re non-union. So the union in Las Vegas, has been using their pull to keep us out of there.” stated White.
“It really has nothing to do with mixed martial arts.”

Whether White is correct or not, New York is still without any MMA events and who knows when or if we will ever see an octagon in the state.

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