Paterson Urges Lesgislators To Legalize UFC

Gov. David Paterson

Gov. David Paterson

Now this man is talking my language. Seeking creative ways to help stimulate the struggling New York economy, Governor David Paterson has urged lawmakers to finally legalize the popular sport of Mixed Martial Arts (also known as Ultimate Fighting).

The governor pointed out the arenas upstate and even Madison Square Garden are dying to host the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) which has made MMA the fastest growing sport in the world.

The laws that ban the sport now were written in the 1990s when the UFC, under different ownership, made its debut in the wrong way.

With almost no rules, the bare knuckle blood sport was quickly criticized by watchdog groups. While it was hard to argue that the UFC was not what they claimed, the company has since instituted a number of new rules and have focused on fighter safety in the octagon, the UFC’s own version of a ring.

Today’s Ultimate Fighters wear gloves, are prohibited from doing a number of things in the ring such as kicking a person while he is down or holding on to the fence of the octagon, and fight only within the their own weight class.

The popularity of the UFC and about-face on fighter safety has made almost every state legalize mixed martial arts, including New Jersey which has hosted a number of mixed martial arts events.

According to Paterson, legalizing the sport would allow Buffalo to generate more than $5 million off of a single event and New York City to generate a quick $11.5 million from hosting a single event.

Perhaps justice of some kind will come of the Hiram Monserrate debacle as a special New York Senate committee has recommended that the Senate either censure or expel the “man” who was found guilty on assault charges after a fight with his girlfriend ended with the “Senator” cutting the woman’s face and dragging her through the lobby of his building (a scene brilliantly caught on security cameras).

Sources say that the Senate is likely leaning towards expelling Monserrate although knowing the Senate, anything is possible when there’s that many liars and crooks in the same room at the same time.

The people of New York certainly want to rid themselves of the guy who said he didn’t mean to cut his girlfriend, he was simply bringing her a glass of water and tripped. Right. And then she got a black eye walking into a door and those bruises by slipping down some stairs.

In any case, Monserrate got off seriously light considering the violent nature of his crime but sort of leeway comes easy when you’re a senator. Receiving just probation and a mandatory restraining order that prohibits him from seeing his girlfriend (who wants to get back together with him…seriously).

In any case, if he is expelled, he would be the first member to be expelled in 90 years. Pretty amazing when you consider the people who work there. If he is expelled, he will also challenge the expulsion in court. The irony.

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