Thursday, June 25, 2009
Hot on the heels of Albany's failure to legalize MMA comes another underground show, this one an amateur event out in Brooklyn. There are seven bouts on the card, with style vs. style match-ups pitting representatives from Tae Kwon Do, wrestling, Muay Thai, kung fu, Shotokan Karate and Goju Karate against each other in what promises to be an orgy of blood, violence and cheap 25-cent punch-flavored drinks you find in only the city's dingiest bodegas.
Thanks to legislative shenanigans over some sort of party power struggle, the concurrent Senate and Assembly bills to legalize pro MMA in New York State have been kicked to the curb for now - casualties in a conflagration completely outside the realm of the foreseeable for those who pushed to have the sport return to the Empire State. "I'm hearing all kinds of things but the thoughts are that it's unlikely to happen at this time and will have to wait until either September or, sadly, 2010," said New York State Athletic Commission Chairwoman Melvina Lathan. "Wewerethisclose [sic]," she added. "I'm not giving up." Neither are we, Commissioner. Neither are we.