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Mixed martial arts goes another round in NY
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Now led by an ex-Olympian in stiletto heels,
a fighter known for twisting arms until her opponents quit,
professional mixed martial arts is attempting another comeback in
The state Senate has voted 43-14 Wednesday to again approve
legislation to make New York the 46th state to legalize and
regulate the sport, though opposition remains in the Assembly.
That chamber has beaten back legalization for seven years,
recently keeping it out of the budget.
Ronda Rousey (row-SEE') is MMA's newest lobbyist at the Capitol,
where she urged lawmakers Wednesday to approve it. The winner of a
2008 Olympics bronze medal in judo, she is the unbeaten Strikeforce
champion at 135 pounds.
Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says he doesn't think there's
"a groundswell of support" and he has mixed feelings.