How many more states are going to blow by NY and reap the rewards from legalizing MMA?
Indiana will be the next state to sanction mixed martial effective July 1according to a recent report by MMA Fanhouse.
Apparently Indiana has allowed mixed martial arts events but they were never governed by a sanctioning body or commission. After the vote is ratified a new athletic commission will be put in place to oversee all MMA events from July 1 on. Indiana is the home to such fighters as WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres as well as UFC fighters Jake O’Brien and Chris Lytle.
New York which has some serious proponents against the sport has been a target of the UFC for a long time and the organization has been hopeful of holding an event in the state sometime late this year.
New York assemblyman Bob Reilly has been leading the charge against legalizing the sport in the state even though he appears to have absolutely no clue what the sport is really about.
The NY assembly will be meeting later this month and the bill to pass MMA is expected to be on the agenda.
The UFC has spent a lot of money trying to educate the people of NY about the sport. Home grown talent such as Matt Serra and Phillipe Nover have made many public appearances and commercials trying to garner support for the vote.
Pennsylvania legalized MMA earlier this year and the UFC has already scheduled a blockbuster event for August at the Wachovia Center. Hawaii which has been the home for many organizations including Rumble on the Rock as well as the home of UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn passed a bill that will see the sport sanctioned sometime this year.
With states such as Oregon, which will be home to UFC 102, and Arizona which has been rumored for UFC 103, bringing in millions of dollars in tax revenue other states are clearly smartening up and jumping on the MMA bandwagon which is as hot as it has ever been even in this rough economy.