UFC President Dana White posted a guest editorial in today's New York Daily News, encouraging MMA fans to help get the sport legalized in the State of New York.
In the editorial White asserts, "If you've paid any attention to mixed martial arts over the past decade, you know the sport has exploded. It has the highest pay-per-view numbers of any sporting event, is broadcast on numerous cable, satellite and network television stations, enjoys mainstream sponsorships and has a large and diverse fan base. It is sanctioned in 45 of 48 U.S. states that have athletic commissions and across Canada and Australia."
Unfortunately, MMA fans in New York are forced to enjoy the sport from afar. Here in New York, MMA is totally banned.
"It's long past time to overturn that prohibition," said White, "it's a safe and respectable sport that's every bit as legitimate as boxing or professional football."
White also added, "The sports capital of the world deserves access to one of the world's fastest-growing sports, one that will bring money and jobs to state and local businesses."