Sunday, February 23, 2014

2nd Annual ABC approved MMA Judge Course: Report

Yesterday, the Coalition to Legalize MMA in NY held it's second annual Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC) approved MMA judge course with Robert Hinds, veteran MMA official and only one of eight people approved by the ABC to offer the course.

Last year's course was held in Long Island, NY. This year, the class was held in the heart of Manhattan at New York Combat Sambo; the first time an ABC approved MMA official's course has ever been hosted in New York City.

Over a dozen attendees came to the gym turned classroom to participate. Included among the students were current and aspiring MMA judges, fighters, coaches and journalists. We were honored to have newest member of the New York State Athletic Commission, John Signorile in attendance for part of the course as well. The Commissioner's presence was critical and motivational. Mr. Signorile was extremely supportive of bringing pro MMA to New York and learning as much as he can about the sport in order to help do so.

Also in attendance was legendary MMA journalist and author Jim Genia who wrote a fantastic review of his experience in the class for his MMA Journalist Blog.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Battle Begins Again...Battle Begins Again...Battle Begins Again for MMA in 2014

2014 is here and so is the 17th round of fighting for regulated pro mixed martial arts in New York. Yes, yes...we are the last place in all of North America where the sport is still prohibited. You actually can time travel! Just visit New York and you will be given an opportunity to get a taste of 1997...over and over again.

Here are some recent stories from January regarding our great state's idiotic ban on pro MMA:

FightLine in the Field: UFC Presser in Albany – 1.28.14
By Jim Genia 
January 29, 2014 (Fightline)

MMA Rally for New York Legalization
By Keeler in the Morning 
January 29, 2014 (WIBX 950am)

By Matthew Dondiego
January 29, 2014 (Legislative Gazette)

January 28, 2014 (MMA Junkie)

MMA tries again to KO ban in NY
By Joseph Spector 
January 28, 2014 (Albany Watch)

Mixed Martial Arts Fight Begins Anew In Albany
By Ken Lovett 
January 28, 2014 (NY Daily News)

By Autumn Ziemba
January 21, 2014 (Sci Fighting)

By Jimmy Vielkind
January 17, 2014 (Capital Pro)

January 8, 2014 (MMA Frenzy)