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UFC Suing New York to Overturn State’s MMA Ban

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Fittingly enough, the UFC isn’t going down without a fight.

That’s how it appears, anyway, as the UFC revealed it would be taking the state of New York — a state that’s long been at odds with the UFC over legalizing mixed martial arts — to court. Per the New York Daily News, UFC officials cited the law that currently bans MMA from taking place in the Empire State, claiming the legislation “is so badly written that neither ordinary persons nor state officials are able to say with any certainty what it permits and what it prohibits.”

The UFC, as well as any other mixed martial arts promotion, has been banned from hosting an event in New York since 1996. It remains the only red, white and blue state that’s yet to permit the sport from taking place on state soil.

The promotion is asking a judge to declare the law unconstitutionally vague, Stephen Rex Brown writes.

This marks the second lawsuit in a long battle against the state of New York. The first suit was presented in 2011 and dismissed earlier this year.

UFC officials have attempted to gain access into New York’s state lines for the past eight years, failing on an annual basis to have a bill pass through the state’s lawmakers.

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