Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC), the largest promotion company for mixed martial arts, this week filed a lawsuit in federal court against New York State, seeking to overturn the ban on MMA events in the Empire state. Citing the First Amendment, the lawsuit seeks to legalize MMA in New York by comparing it to an art form like dance or theater.
Since 1997, when the sport was originally banned in New York, it has been sanctioned in all but five states and has found a home on network television. UFC has been petitioning New York's legislature for years, but after a recent bill legalizing MMA died in committee, they finally took the matter to court.
Arguments in the 123-page complaint include:
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