The Muhammad Ali Act's extension to mixed martial arts has been in the works for several years now. I covered the topic 5 years ago when the UFC was still in the early stages of their fight for MMA legalization in New York. At the time, the Culinary Union was among the major elements blocking the sport's legalization in the Empire State.
The Muhammad Ali Extension Act was recently introduced in Congress by former professional MMA fighter, Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK). If passed, I believe the Muhammad Ali Extension Act could lead to free agency in mixed martial arts.
H.R. 5365--A bill to amend the Professional Boxing Safety Act of 1996 to include fighters of combat sports in the safety provisions of such Act; to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
The article below touches on the potential application of the Muhammad Ali Act of 2000 to MMA and makes connections to MMA legalization in NY, the Culinary Union
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Is Dana White willing to accept fighters' union and Muhammad Ali Act for MMA legalization in New York?
Never ask for too much because you may just get what you asked for and then some.
Dana White wants to see
MMA the UFC in New York. In order for this to happen, the sport must first be legalized by the New York State Senate. To ensure that this happens, Dana White (Zuffa) has monetarily and rhetorically lead an all-out campaign to motivate the legalization of MMA in New York. Yesterday the New York Daily News published an article by Dana White himself, titled "N.Y., stop fighting this sport: Mixed martial arts is safe -- and our economy needs the kick." The article is straight forward propaganda aimed at bringing the fastest growing sport to regulated play in New York. But, is Dana White willing to accept what it might take to get mixed martial arts sanctioned in the Empire State?