As part of the UFC's current press 'World Tour', Dana White touched upon why New York is the remaining state in the union still holding out on legalising the sport of Mixed Martial Arts. Presented by Phoneix Carnevale and directed by MMA videographer Kahleem Poole, aka "Kahl-One," both produced this slickly edited feature after the UFC had hit the Big Apple.
Carnevale spoke exclusively with Zuffa Attorney David Weinraub on the New York ban, and UFC's efforts for getting the ban lifted. Here is part of a statement Weinraub sent Carnevale and Poole:
We are talking to New York residents.
1. You should go to the New York State Assembly website and follow the simple instructions to find out who your Assembly member is, if you don't already know. If you know any of your elected officials, you can simply call their office and ask as well.
2. You can then go to your assembly member's web page and get your district office number.
3. Call and ask for the Assembly member! Whoever answers will ask why you are calling. Say," I am a mixed martial arts fan/student/ family member of a fighter, etc. I want the assembly member to know that I live in the district and want the MMA ban lifted."
"MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world; it's silly that we are the only state in the country where you cannot have live professional matches. The regulations provide safety for the fighters and our economy needs all the help we can get. I will be calling regularly until this is done. Thank you"
4. You should leave their contact information.
5. You should have your friends call too. The goal should be to call once a week. We can build momentum for when the Legislature reconvenes later in the year or in January.
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