While Teresa Sayward is on the right side of this topic, it looks like fans of the fastest growing sport in the country will have to wait another year to see it in New York State.
According to the Associated Press, a bill to legalize mixed martial arts in New York was left at the feet of the Assembly at the end of its session, with "no plans to approve it."
According to the report, opponents to bringing mixed martial arts to New York state that "damage to fighters appears underreported," and that the sport of MMA is "a bad example for children."
To that, I say, I let my kids watch all the time. I let them practice different submission holds on me.
First, I think that those who are opposed to the sport of MMA, which is championed mostly by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) - by the way, whose light heavyweight champ (Jon "Bones" Jones) is from Rochester - don't know what it is.
What it is not is street fighting. It's not a bloodsport and its not a barbarian fest. That's what Assembly Ways and Means Committee chair Herman Farrell believes, even going as far as to say that the next step is, "clubs with spikes on the end of them," thus proving that he has no clue what he's talking about.
It's the combination of several different types of martial arts and other forms of combat - Tae Kwon Do, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, kickboxing and boxing. Fighters use these techniques to try and either submit or knock out an opponent, just like in boxing. But, unlike boxing, when a fighter goes down once, the fight is over. There is no standing eight count. No chance for a defenseless fighter to be allowed a chance to keep fighting due to the three-knockdown rule. If you ask me, the chance for serious injury is greater in boxing - a sport New York already sanctions - then it is in the UFC.