Albany, N.Y. - There's new hope that new york state could allow legalized mixed-martial arts competitions.
A bill to allow the fights passed the State Senate on Wednesday. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver also said he now expects the competitions will be allowed in New York at some point. The Assembly has blocked bills to allow MMA fighting for the past seven years.
Supporters argue allowing the competitions will create jobs and boost tax revenue. Opponents argue the sport is too violent.