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FBI investigating NY official over MMA lobbying

Melinda Wormuth, a New York town supervisor, is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly secretly accepting money to lobby for mixed martial arts legalization in New York.

Inside New York's underground fight scene

With MMA banned in the state, former UFC champ Frankie Edgar got his start fighting in New York's Underground Combat League. Jim Genia of VICE looks at the man behind the UCL.

Dana has booked MSG in NY for 2013

New York state still has not legalized mixed martial arts, but an optimistic Dana White has booked the famous Madison Square Garden arena to host the UFC's 20th anniversary event next year.

MMA Legend Renzo Gracie Live Tweets As He Takes Out 2 Alleged Muggers

UFC veteran and MMA legend, Renzo Gracie was live-tweeting as he took out 2 alleged muggers in New York

Saturday Night’s Alright for Secret MMA Fight Club

Sen. John McCain thinks of mixed martial arts as "human cockfighting." Former New York Gov. George Pataki once described it as "barbaric." But MMA lured more than 100 people this past Saturday night to a downtown Manhattan gym. They came to watch men slug it out in a secret mixed martial arts cage fight. The rules are simple: No biting. No kicks to the groin. The fighters wear no pads, no helmets and only wrap their hands in thin, four-ounce gloves to protect against broken fingers — caused by brutal hits to the face and head. The goal is to punch and kick your opponent into submission. Yes, chokeholds are permitted. New York is the only state in the nation where MMA fighting remains illegal. But that hasn’t stopped promoters from organizing about six underground MMA fights a year throughout the metropolitan region, according to Jim Genia, who chronicles the underground world of MMA in his book "Raw Combat." The fights are often held in the outer boroughs — at a boxing gym in Brooklyn, or warehouses in the Bronx and once even at a mosque. Every year New York state legislators mull the idea of sanctioning the sport, possibly as a lucrative source of tax revenue. But many in Albany continue to dismiss MMA as too violent. "The politicians are idiots," said Josh James, a New Yorker who took in Saturday night’s fight. "It’s a sport. If it wasn’t, you’d just watch a couple guys go fight behind a bar." Fans like James defend MMA as far safer than boxing. Fighters can "tap out" if they feel defeated, as one did Saturday night, or a referee can call the fight if a fighter is badly injured. The next fight is in December and you’re welcome to watch — if you can find out where.

UFC Making Push for MMA Regulation in New York

UFC president Dana White placed an op-ed in the New York Daily News pushing for passage of MMA regulation in New York.

Mandate for Mixed Martial Arts in New York

A special guest editorial by Stephen Koepfer, founder of NY MMA Now: Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York and what you can do to show your support.

New York MMA Bill Appears to Be Dead in the Water

Efforts to regulate mixed martial arts in the state of New York appear to have hit a roadblock in the form of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

MMA Bill Passes Tourism, Parks, Arts, and Sports Committee in New York Assembly

An MMA bill passes through the Tourism, Parks, Arts, and Sports Development Committee in the New York Assembly.

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