New York is the only state in the United States where professional MMA is illegal. Amateur MMA – albeit unregulated – is legal in New York.
Regulating MMA would provide a safer environment for fighters, a boost to New York’s employment rates and economy, and encourage the development of important character skills such as confidence, discipline, and respect.
In November of 2013, The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) unveiled a new, independent report demonstrating that legalizing professional mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York will generate $135 million in economic activity annually in the state.
According to the report, “Economic Impact of Mixed Martial Arts in New York,” prepared by HR&A Advisors, Inc., the $135 million would be nearly equally attained by MMA events – including at least three upstate and two downstate UFC events, plus dozens of events by other promoters – and the growth in MMA training centers. Nearly $6 million in state and local tax revenues would also be realized.
Legalizing MMA will provide innumerable job opportunities, especially important given the dire need for improved employment rates in New York. It will also boost revenue in surrounding businesses and hotels while attracting tourists from other states and regions who are interested in MMA. Not legalizing MMA denies New Yorkers economic and social opportunities to prosper, keeps money out of their pockets, and holds the Empire state back from growing.
We’ve waited long enough, it’s time to tell Speaker Silver that we want MMA in New York NOW!