(February 28, Queens, N.Y.) Last week the National Organization of Women sent New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie a letter asking that he drop his support of mixed martial arts because they believe the sport is hostile to women. But 19-year-old Ozone Park resident Destiny Quinones - who became the New York Fight Exchange's female amateur MMA 115-pound champ last month - doesn't see it that way.
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Friday, February 27, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I've supported it in the past and I continue to support it. It’s a very popular sport, most states have legitimized it, and we’re left out in the cold in New York. It occurs here now underground, and underground fights aren't safe. We need to make it safer, like we try to do for boxing and other sports. If it stays underground, a lot more people would be hurt. We ought to regulate it, we ought to legitimize it, and we ought to get tax revenue from it.
Monday, February 23, 2015
I have serious concerns about the impact of a sport such as Mixed Martial Arts on the mental and physical health of participants, particularly at a time when we are just beginning to understand the long-term effects of sports-related injuries like concussions. However, as with any other bill that crosses my desk during the legislative session, I will carefully consider the merits of a proposal to legalize the sport.
Friday, February 20, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
To answer your questions, Assembly Member Gottfried is opposed to lifting the ban on MMA. He has not reviewed the question of MMA at non-professional events, and has no position on it at this time.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
The mixed martial arts legislation has not been addressed in any committee of which I am a member of or on the Assembly floor. I am not an MMA enthusiast and am not inclined to support the legislation should it come before me for a vote.