March 22, 2016 / 10:48 PM / 3 years ago

N.Y. lawmakers clear way for mixed martial arts after years-long ban

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York’s state Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly voted to legalize mixed martial arts bouts, effectively ending the last remaining statewide ban on the sport in the United States.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat who wants revenue generated by the sport for his proposed budget, has already said he would sign the measure, which previously passed the state Senate.

Reporting by James M. Odato, editing by G Crosse

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