Thursday, September 1, 2016

It's September 1 - The Following Things Are Now Illegal in New York


September 1 is upon us, and with it comes the dawn of a new age in New York combative sports. That's right, folks, the legislative bill Governor Andrew Cuomo signed back in April - you remember, the one lifting the 1997 ban on professional MMA bouts - officially takes effect today. So what does that mean?

Obviously, it means there will soon be UFC events at Madison Square Garden (and at the Times Union Center in Albany), as well as WSOFs, ROCs, CFFCs and others making at least one or two appearances in the Empire State. It also means a lot of continued fretting about the new million-dollar brain injury insurance policy requirement, and lamenting by the boxing industry. But perhaps most important, it means there are a bunch of things suddenly made illegal by the new law.

Because I'm all about keeping my beloved New York brethren informed, I've made a list of things that will violate either the law or the brand-spanking new rules and regulations the New York State Athletic Commission voted into existence just yesterday. Do these things at your peril!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Columbia University Symposium on MMA in New York Tomorrow Night


We're forging into the great unknown with the new Combative Sports Law lifting the ban on pro MMA and the New York State Athletic Commission in upheaval. What does the future hold? Sure, the UFC and the World Series of Fighting are coming to the Big Apple, but what about the regional-level promotions? And what of the multitude of amateur shows?

These questions - plus plenty more - will be tackled tomorrow night at a symposium at Columbia University. The details are here, but the gist of it is that I'm moderating this discussion, and the panel includes the UFC's hired lobbying gun David Weinraub, former NYSAC executive director David Berlin, and a bunch of other people with keen insight on MMA in New York.

Come on by. Don't be shy.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Five Reasons Why You Should Care About Aggressive Combat Championships 15


Tonight's going to be a busy night in New York City, and a big part of that flurry of activity is because of Aggressive Combat Championships 15, which will take over the Queens Theater in Flushing Meadows Park. Why should you care about this event? Well, I've got five good reasons!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Don't Fear New York's New MMA Law, Only Fear Its Interpretation


As written, the New Combative Sports Law provides all the tools to curb dangerous, unsanctioned fighting events, as well as allow combative sports to flourish in the state. That does, of course, mean drastic change for a scene that has grown dramatically in recent years, and the prospect of change has many New Yorkers afraid. Will amateur MMA, kickboxing and martial arts die? Will the UFC be the only organization able to afford the million-dollar insurance policy required for a pro event? Is boxing doomed? These are all valid questions, but they have nothing to do with the new law and everything to do with the agencies tasked with enforcing it. Really, the only concern anyone should have right now is how the statute will be interpreted by the New York Department of State and Athletic Commission.

Friday, April 1, 2016

A Breakdown of What the New Combative Sports Law Will Require


The Assembly finally did their part, and we'll soon have a brand-spanking new Combative Sports Law on the books that will radically change the landscape here in New York. But even though the MMA Bill is readily available online, confusion still reigns as to what those changes will be (after all, who besides me likes reading dry legislative mumbojumbo? Answer: Probably no one.). So to help provide some clarity, I've put together a table of the impending requirements under the new law.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Hell Yeah, Mofos


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Statement From Assemblyman Dean Murray

A statement from Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue)

“Assembly Bill 2604-C, which would legalize professional mixed martial arts in New York State, passed the Tourism, Parks, and Sports Development committee today by a vote of 15-5 and then passed the Codes Committee by a 16-5 vote. The bill is now on its way to Ways and Means.

“As the ranking Minority member on Tourism, Parks and Sports Development, I’m excited that the new Speaker has finally allowed this bill to move forward. The Senate has now passed this bill for seven straight years. I'm looking forward to having the bill go to the floor and getting past its greatest hurdle, the Assembly, so it can be sent to the Governor to be signed into law.”

Monday, March 21, 2016

What to Expect From Tomorrow's Assembly Proceedings Re: The MMA Bill


This afternoon the Assembly Speaker's communication director tweeted the following:
Yeah, you read that right. The MMA Bill is passing either tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday. That's huge, as it means the MMA landscape in New York is about to undergo some drastic change - most definitely for the better.

So what exactly is going to happen tomorrow? Here's a breakdown in case you want to follow along.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Observations From My Couch: Cage Fury Fighting Championships 57


(March 19, Philadelphia, P.A.) The long-running Northeast promotion Cage Fury Fighting Championships returned to Philadelphia, and with it came all the usual top-level and talent and thrills you've come to expect from the CFFC brand. Two flyweight titles were up for grabs - one for females and one for males - while veterans and rising stars alike battled it out on the undercard. Highlights on the night included:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The New York MMA Bill Will Pass Next Week


The New York State Assembly will take up the MMA Bill as early as Monday, and given that amount of support the bill has in the Democratic Conference and on the floor, passage is practically assured.

That's right, folks. Professional MMA will soon be legalized in the last place in all of North America that's kept it illegal.