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MMA fighting legislation passes in Senate


ALBANY, N.Y. - Mixed martial arts fighting is one step closer to becoming a reality in New York State with the senate passing the measure Wednesday.

The Senate approved the legislation of MMA in the state with a vote of 47 to 14, the largest margin in favor since the issue was first proposed. The measure has passed the Senate before, but has been hung up in the Assembly.

New York is currently only one of three states that doesn't allow MMA.

Lorenzo Fertitta, Chairman and CEO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, says it is time to make mixed martial arts fighting legal in New York.

"Today was a good day for us, 47 to 14 is a larger number than ever in the past, so I feel like were gaining momentum," Fertitta said.

Some of those opposing the bill in the Senate worry it is too dangerous.

Now through the Senate, it heads to the Assembly, though Speaker Sheldon Silver says he isn't sure how soon it will come up there. The Assembly has blocked the proposal for the last seven years.

UFC fighter Chris Weidman, a New Yorker, wants to show off his sport in his home state. "It would be a dream come true and I'm fighting in July and maybe I will be able to do it in NY and do it in Madison Square Garden in front of friends and family dream come true," he said.

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