MMA Not Included in 2011 Budget in New York, Dana White Done with Predictions for Sanctioning

By Damon Martin

Just weeks after the UFC held a press conference at Madison Square Garden to hopefully turn the wheels in motion to have mixed martial arts sanctioned in the state of New York, the sport was dealt a decided blow when Governor Andrew Cuomo released his budget.

Hopes were high that Cuomo would include mixed martial arts in his 2011 budget, but alas he did not include it in his final numbers.

The budget isn’t the last striking point for MMA in New York, but as Assemblyman Dean Murray (R) said last month, it would be a huge step in the right direction.

“I’ve actually contacted the Governor’s office and asked him to include this in the Governor’s budget this year. So we’re going to wait and see if it is included in the budget. If it’s not, I’m hoping that we’ll bring it to the floor for a vote,” Murray commented.

“If it’s in the budget, it has a much better shot of staying in the budget.”

Unfortunately, the $10 billion dollar deficit currently facing the state overwhelmed the budget beyond anything MMA related.

Possibly the more disturbing part of the budget’s release this week was the inclusion that the state intends to eliminate the position for the salary of the Chair of the State Athletic Commission.


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