Today the NYC MMA bill officially died. Eventhough every expert predicted it, I still held out hope. I wished Sheldon Silver and his gang would suddenly have an epiphany and realize how amazing MMA is and that all the young fighters here deserve to fight in front of their hometown fans. It was disappointing to say the least, but after reading what some of representatives said about the sport I love so much that disappointment soon gave way to a healthy dose of rage. What pissed me off so much is that the people voting on this bill flat out refuse to educate themselves on what MMA is. How can you even bring yourself to vote on something you know nothing about?! Its infuriating. The voters of this state deserve representatives who at least know what the hell they’re talking about. Policy cannot be a guessing game. The things these people vote on have a direct effect on peoples lives.
Like I’ve said before, the only way we will ever have the pleasure of MMA in New York is to put pressure on our elected officials to get rid of Sheldon Silver. The problem with that is the MMA community is still a fairly small one. Its easy to get caught up in a vacuum of MMA fandom, most of the people who read this blog are people who spend their days refreshing bloodyelbow. Eventually you start to believe everyone loves MMA, because you spend your entire day with like-minded people. But a few minutes of conversation outside of our world will quickly reveal how little most people know about the sport we all love so much. We have to drum up support amongst people who dont care about this sport. That wont be easy. Technically, no one gets hurt by MMA NOT being legal. No one is being told they cant get married. All we can do is try to make this a debate about the economy and jobs. We have to stop asking these people why they dont love MMA and start asking them why they wont support something that could bring JOBS into this state.
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