UFC Files a Lawsuit in State of New York in Hopes to Overturn Regulation Ban

Ultimate Fighting Championship have filed a lawsuit this week to ensure the sport of mixed martial arts are fully regulated and commissioned in the state of New York.

Zuffa CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, speaking via a press release, said:

“MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. and one of the most popular in the world. When we acquired the UFC, we went to great lengths to invite regulation and adopt substantial safety measures. MMA is now as safe as or even safer than many other sports and activities sanctioned in New York like boxing, for example, because it allows fighters to honorably tap out and involves far fewer hits.”

“All the disciplines that go into mixed martial arts are performed live in New York; it is only their combination that is illegal. Denying fighters the chance to exhibit their training and skills before a live audience and denying thousands of New Yorkers the ability to watch their favorite fighters perform live is not only an injustice to them, but to the local markets that would reap tremendous economic benefits from hosting competitions. We believe the ban should be eliminated, and look forward to fighting live in New York.”

New York University School of Law professor Barry Friedman, speaking via The Wall Street Journal, said:

“It is unfortunate that we were forced to take the step of filing a lawsuit to overturn this senseless law, but the ban on live professional MMA infringes on the rights of countless New Yorkers. Despite sincere legislative efforts, the ban remains in place based on a flawed assessment of the sport’s supposedly ‘violent message.’ This rationale is a patent violation of the First Amendment.”

“In live events, fighters showcase their talents, communicate their convictions, show respect for their opponents and the art and tradition of MMA, and convey the importance of discipline, training and hard work. They also entertain their fans. Not only does the law prohibit live events, but as it is written it purports to ban other speech including media broadcasts and coverage of professional MMA. It is ironic that New York – in many ways the home of free expression, the global media and the art world – would deny someone his or her fundamental freedom of expression. The ban is contrary to what New York is all about. There is no legal basis for this unconstitutional ban to persist.”

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