But, those paying attention, myself included, knew this was a big deal. Did NYS just admit that amateur MMA was legal? Despite years of trying to convince us otherwise? Really? Those of us paying attention to anything other than UFC spin on the issue were left wondering who would be the first to host an amateur event after the state's recent admission that it was legal. The last non-underground show in NY was Lou Neglia's "Vengeance at the Vanderbilt" on June 28, 2002. That was around the time NYS started kicking it into high gear, shutting everything down that they could in order to stamp out MMA once an for all.
So, were any sanctioning bodies out there listening last January? Would they test the state and host an event? The answer is yes. Someone was listening.
The USMTA, who regularly sanctions amateur Muay Thai, will take NYS at their word. On May 19, 2012 the USMTA will sanction the TNT Fight Series in Tonowanda, NY. Fighters will come from Hawaii, Florida, Ohio, Canada, and of course NEW YORK to be on the first sanctioned MMA card in our state in 10 years.
So, from the Coalition to Legalize MMA in NY, we offer a big note of thanks to the USMTA for stepping up.
* Thanks as always to Jim Genia for the fact checking ;)
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