MMA in New York? Again, the answer seems to be no
Yet again, a bill to legalize MMA in New York state appears to be sunk before reaching a vote in the state’s assembly.
The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Assembly Leader Joseph Morelle, today told Politics on the Hudson that, despite encouraging signals and a final push from MMA supporters, the votes aren’t there.
After this year’s session was extended to vote on several high-profile bills, Morelle said the MMA bill lost momentum as legislators ran out of time.
“A number of members who are counted as supporters were just unavailable today because of the scheduling, that we weren’t expected to be here this long,” he said, “and it’s really complicated efforts to get to 76 (votes). I think it’s looking less likely as the day wears on.”
MMAjunkie was unable to reach Morelle or his spokesperson for an update.
Seventy-six is the figure needed to get the assembly bill, A02604C, out of the 105-member Democratic conference and onto the assembly floor, where there is strong support among minority Republicans to legalize MMA. In the Republican-led senate, earlier MMA bills have passed in six previous legislative sessions.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner estimated this year’s MMA bill, which reportedly received more support after additional insurance safeguards were added, would receive 95 to 100 votes if it went to a general vote.
But without the Democrats’ support, the bill is destined to expire in the assembly’s Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee, as it has for more than a half-decade.
Demetrious Johnson draws rematch with John Dodson for next flyweight title defense
Demetrious Johnson has his next title defense lined up – and it’ll be a rematch.
Johnson (22-2-1 MMA, 10-1-1 UFC), the UFC’s flyweight champion, will meet John Dodson (17-6 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for the next defense of his 125-pound belt. No event has been set yet for the title fight – though Johnson reportedly wants it to take place at UFC 191, which takes place Sept. 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Ariel Helwani announced the news on tonight’s edition of FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”
UFC official statement on UFC 189
UFC official statement
In light of recent reports regarding the status of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, UFC has received official medical confirmation from several doctors that Aldo did not suffer a broken rib. Following a review of the scans, it has been determined that the champion suffered a bone bruise to his rib and cartilage injury during training.
Several “UFC 189" Banners and Posters Taken Down at MGM Grand
On Tuesday afternoon, it was confirmed that Jose Aldo suffered a fractured rib during a sparring session. The UFC Featherweight Champion was preparing for his clash with rival Conor McGregor in a fight which is currently still set to take place on July 11th at “UFC 189?. However, if Aldo’s injury is as serious as it sounds he will not be medically cleared to defend his title.
Rousey, Cerrone nominated for ESPY award
Today ESPN released the full list of nominees for this year's ESPY awards, including Ronda Rousey and Donald Cerrone, the only two mixed martial artists to be nominated:
Ronda Rousey was nominated for 'Best Play' which will be voted on in bracket style where she will square off against Gerald Green's dunk in the first round. Rousey was also nominated for 'Best Fighter' and 'Best Female Athlete' for which she won last year.
This is the first year that Donald Cerrone has been nominated and he is also nominated for 'Best Fighter', which not only also includes Rousey, but boxers Terrence Crawford, Gennady Golovkin, and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
'Sad' sparring partner explains how he injured UFC champion Jose Aldo
Jose Aldo’s next title defense against Conor McGregor is in jeopardy after the UFC featherweight got injured in a sparring session at Nova Uniao, and his teammate is devastated.
Alcides Nunes, a 5-0 lightweight from Nova Uniao, was training with the UFC star in Rio de Janeiro when he ended up breaking Aldo’s ribs with a spinning back kick. Aldo vs. McGregor, scheduled to headline UFC 189 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11, is now in danger.
"I threw a kick but slipped with all the sweat on the mat, and ended up hitting his rib," Nunes told MMAFighting.com. "I was mimicking McGregor’s unorthodox style, things he does in the fight. I’m also left-handed, my style is similar to his, so that’s why they asked me to be part of his camp, but I ended up slipping and causing this injury."
Nunes, who started training at Nova Uniao three years ago and is undefeated in MMA with four finishes in five professional bouts, reveals that Aldo continued to train after he got hit, but eventually stopped and was rushed to the hospital.
Paige VanZant vs. Alex Chambers targeted for UFC 191
Paige VanZant has likely found her next opponent as the 21-year old phenom is expected to meet Alex Chambers later this year with the current target date at UFC 191 in Las Vegas.
Sources close to the contest confirmed the bout to FOX Sports on Wednesday following an initial report from MMASucka.com.
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