State Senate again approves mixed martial arts

(AP) - The New York Senate has again voted tolegalize professional mixed martial arts, though its prospectsremain uncertain in the Assembly where similar legislation ispending in a subcommittee and quietly died last year.

With new UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, a Rochesternative, on hand, the Senate voted 42-18 for the bill authorizingthe New York State Athletic Commission to regulate the mix ofboxing, grappling, judo and kickboxing like it regulates boxing.

Sen. Joseph Griffo, a Utica Republican and sponsor, says 45other states have sanctioned the popular sport that has evolvedfrom its rough early days and will generate money for the state.

Sen. Liz Krueger, a Manhattan Democrat, voted no, saying damageto fighters appears underreported and it's a bad example forchildren.

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