05/24/2011 09:06 am ET | Updated Jul 24, 2011

New York Senate Votes To Legalize Mixed Martial Arts

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Senate voted again Monday to legalize professional mixed martial arts, though its prospects remain uncertain in the Assembly, where legislation similar to a bill that died quietly last year is pending in a subcommittee.

With new Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, a Rochester native, on hand, the Senate voted 42-18 for the bill authorizing the New York State Athletic Commission to regulate the mix of boxing, grappling, judo and kickboxing the way it regulates boxing.

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