Bill to legalize mixed martial arts possible

Gov. David Paterson and some local lawmakers are considering legalizing mixed martial arts in New York to bring in much-needed revenue.

The sport was outlawed under former Gov. George Pataki, but fighters say it has gained more regulations in the last 12 years.

According to Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, the bill to legalize mixed martial arts could bring in a few hundred million dollars each year with fighting events and training programs.

Currently, some New Yorkers who participate go to New Jersey to train.

A recent Marist poll shows nearly 75 percent of people reject legalizing the sport.

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