New York Lifts Ban on MMA Events.

 Coming soon to the Big Apple. (image via  Wikimedia Commons ).

Coming soon to the Big Apple. (image via Wikimedia Commons).

Well, New York state has finally legalized professional mixed martial art events. The big news came yesterday, as the state assembly, where many prior bills have gone to die, finally passed it by an overwhelming majority. Without long-time opponent Sheldon Silver around to stop the bill from reaching the floor, the bill easily passed with bipartisan support.

... And only six years after I wrote my master's thesis on the battle to lift the MMA ban in the state. Can't say I didn't get some mileage out of the whole thing:

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Victor Li

chicago, il