Wednesday, April 15, 2015

UFC on FOX Open Workouts: Lyoto Machida


UFC on FOX Open Workouts: Jacare


UFC on FOX Open Workouts: Luke Rockhold


UFC on FOX Open Workouts: Chris Camozzi


Want a Free Month of UFC Fight Pass?


From a UFC press release:


New York UFC Fans Who Join the Fight to Bring Professional MMA to the Empire State will Receive One Free Month of UFC FIGHT PASS

Albany - Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC® Chairman & CEO, today announced the launching of a new page on the official UFC website to provide New Yorkers with a new way to show their support for legalizing and regulating professional mixed martial arts (MMA) in the last place in North America where professional MMA is illegal.

The new webpage can be found here:

New Yorkers are urged to join tens of thousands of fans from Buffalo to Montauk and sign up and for a grassroots campaign to urge the New York State Assembly to finally pass the bill to legalize and regulate MMA in New York, as the State Senate has now done on a bipartisan basis for six consecutive years.

“New York is home to some of the most ardent and knowledgeable MMA fans in the world. UFC’s television ratings and PPV purchases by New Yorkers are among the best in the nation, and they are eager to attend events in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Albany, and of course the iconic Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center,” Fertitta said.

“We wanted to create a new vehicle for these passionate New York fans to demonstrate their support for legalizing MMA in New York and use their grassroots strength to convince Members of the Assembly that they can’t wait any longer to bring the world’s fastest growing sport to the Empire State,” Fertitta said. “I’ve travelled across the state and was in Albany just last month. I constantly hear from fans eager to help and now we’ve provided a way for them to do just that.

“By providing your name, email, and zip code, you are joining tens of thousands of other New Yorkers in telling the State Assembly, ‘legalize MMA in New York NOW,’ ” Fertitta said.

Fertitta also announced, that when New York residents sign up as part of the grassroots team to legalize MMA, they will receive a free one-month membership to the UFC digital streaming service,

“As our optimism grows that 2015 will finally be the year, we want to say ‘thank you’ to New Yorkers for the support they have shown and continue to show,” Fertitta said. “When residents of New York officially join our team to fight for legalization of MMA in New York, they will receive a complimentary free one-month subscription to UFC FIGHT PASS.

“We continue to have strong bipartisan support for this commonsense effort – which will also go a long way in protecting thousands who compete in amateur MMA in New York, although it is unregulated – and this year it passed the State Senate by the largest margin ever, 47-14,” Fertitta said. “We urge supporters to call or write their Assembly Member to tell him or her that you support legalizing and regulating professional MMA in New York.”

Monday, April 13, 2015

Days of Future Past: What to Expect When the Law Changes


It's impossible to predict the future - even a future that could be upon us in as little as a few weeks - but there is insight to be had from looking carefully at the past. Such is the case with the Combative Sports Law, which was enacted in 1997 to ban MMA from New York, and which may soon be dramatically altered to bring sanctioned iterations of the sport into the state's rich and fertile lands. Or something like that. What exactly is going to happen if and when the MMA bill hits the Assembly floor and passes in a whirlwind of bipartisan support? What specifically is going to change? No one can say with any certainty, but this is what happened when the ban first went into effect, and that should provide us with some hints.

New York Fight Exchange 7 Poster


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Victory VIII and the Unbreakable Rob Ovalle


Unbreakable iron. That's the best way to describe Rob Ovalle, who wears Victory Combat Sports' welterweight crown atop his head and who, at Friday night's Victory VIII installment in the basement of the Church of St. Paul the Apostle in Manhattan, defended his title with an almost inhuman resilience that was matched only by his skill.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Legislative Scorecard: More Crucial Assembly Members to Be Swayed


It cannot be overstated how important it is to sway those Assemblymembers who have yet to take a stance on MMA legislation. After all, when the 100-member Democratic conference convenes after April 21, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie wants to see who's in favor of letting the MMA bill going to the floor for a vote, the fate of the sport will literally rest in the raised hands of the Democrats in that chamber who are still on the fence.

Below are more names of those "undecideds". At this very moment, the opposition is calling each one individually and giving them various outlandish reasons why the sport shouldn't be sanctioned in New York. Really. So call or email them, because the scales need to be tipped the other way.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Legislative Scorecard: The Undecideds


The Assembly is on Easter break right now, but when they return on April 21 one of the items they'll tackle is the MMA bill, which will be discussed in a closed-door Democratic conference. An informal "for" and "against" tally tells us that seven of the 23 Assemblymembers who are undecided about MMA must be swayed for the bill to make it from the conference to the floor. Just seven. And then the UFC can come to Madison Square Garden in December like they want to.

Here are some of the Assemblymembers who have yet to give the sport the thumbs up or thumbs down. Each of them holds a position of leadership. Remember: If you reach out to them, BE RESPECTFUL.