It's time' for mixed martial arts in New York

Also, MMA is the fastest-growing sport in this country. A beer company has wrapped its entire commercial strategy around the fight call of the UFCplay-by-play man - here we go.

I am not a major fight fan, but I can name all seven UFCchamps (Dominick Cruz, Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, George St. Pierre, Anderson Silva, Jones and Cain Velasquez). None of those guys are even the most popular fighter in the sport, a title that goes to former professional wrestler Brock Lesnar, the former heavyweight champ.

As far as boxing goes, I think Manny Pacquiao holds a title, as does one of the Klitschko brothers. I'm not even sure how many titles there are.

You don't get the draws at Madison Square Garden that you once did for boxing, because it is a dying sport. Also, boxing doesn't want to come to MSG anymore. They go to the new Cowboy Stadium and Vegas for their biggest fights.

On the other hand, the UFC is begging to come to MSG. They want the center of the sports world to be able to host the best fighters in the world, and you do not find them in boxing anymore.

I called Sayward's office, and a representative said that she would vote for the measure, if it were brought to a vote, which it wasn't for the third straight year due to the influence Farrell has over the ways and means committee.

Hey, as ring announcer Bruce (yes, he's Michael's brother) Buffer says, "IIIIIIIIt's tiiime!" for MMA in NYS.

Keith Lobdell is the editor of the Valley News. He can be reached at keith@denpubs.com.

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