ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Senate passed legislation Tuesday to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts competitions in the state.
The bill would allow single discipline martial arts organizations to hold professional competitions in New York and gives the state Athletic Commission the jurisdiction to regulate professional MMA promotions, participants, bouts and exhibitions.
MMA is a full-contact combat sport which combines techniques of judo, jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, kickboxing, boxing, wrestling and other martial arts. The sport is legal in every state except New York.
A 2013 study by HR&A Advisors estimates that MMA events would bring over $68 million in annual economic activity to New York, of which, $33 million would be generated in upstate cities.
The bill is sponsored by Senator Joseph Griffon and has been sent to the Assembly.