Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) advocates kicked their support up a notch with at rallies across in upstate New York for a bill to legalize the combat sport in New York.
After stops in Syracuse and Rochester the group gathered in Buffalo Wednesday afternoon.
The Chairman of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) along with MMA fighter Ryan LaFlare and Uriah Hall and one of the sponsors of the bill, Democratic Assemblyman Dennis Gabryszak are fighting to get A.6506 passed in the assembly before the end of the session.
The bill has passed the senate the past four years but has never made it to the floor of the assembly for a vote. However, amateur MMA fights are allowed in New York State.
Supporters say the New York Sate is missing out on an opportunity to tap into millions of dollars in tax revenues. According to the UFC, MMA fights are expected to generate $100 million in economic activity in just the first two years.
MMA fights are legal in 48 states. New York and Connecticut are the only states where it is not allowed.
If A.6506 passes Fertitta promises to hold a minimum of four fights per year over the next three years in New York State with half of those fights in upstate New York. Other independent promoters are also expected to flock to New York.