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MMA News: UFC v. New York, Bellator, Fedor Emelianenko and More

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Zuffa, LLC, parent company of the UFC, has filed a lawsuit against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., challenging the constitutionality of New York State’s current ban on mixed martial arts.

The suit challenges the ban – in place since 1997 – on several provisions, including the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause. The lawsuit cites that the ban went into effect in a period prior to regulations, weight classes, and more being adopted to make the sport what it is today and is completely outdated. UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta touched on many of the arguments talking to the media.

“MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S. and one of the most popular in the world. When we acquired the UFC, we went to great lengths to invite regulation and adopt substantial safety measures. MMA is now as safe as or even safer than many other sports and activities sanctioned in New York like boxing, for example, because it allows fighters to honorably tap out and involves far fewer hits. All the disciplines that go into mixed martial arts are performed live in New York; it is only their combination that is illegal. Denying fighters the chance to exhibit their training and skills before a live audience and denying thousands of New Yorkers the ability to watch their favorite fighters perform live is not only an injustice to them, but to the local markets that would reap tremendous economic benefits from hosting competitions. We believe the ban should be eliminated, and look forward to fighting live in New York.”

Well, the UFC tried it the nice way, by trying to get legislation passed. But that failed over and over again. And I don’t know if it’s something crooked, i.e, some powerful people want to be bribed, or if those powerful people are just blind and refuse to see what’s right in front of them. Every single martial arts is legal in New York, but not MMA? That’s makes absolutely zero sense. I hope this works because there is no reason the UFC and MMA shouldn’t be in New York. UFC events bring in truckloads of cash for the cities they hold events at. There are so many arguments for MMA legislation, but I’ll just let them handle that.

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Bellator Middleweight Champion Hector Lombard told Sherdog.com that he doesn’t get why people criticize him. “Everyone criticizes me all the time. I don’t know why. I haven’t been getting caught with drug tests like all these guys…Trust me, there is a lot of guys using and abusing [steroids]. I know I don’t take anything. That’s why I want to fight all the time. Most of the fighters don’t fight all the time because they’ll juice up for three or four months, clean up and fight. I’m fighting all the time, and when I fight in Australia, they do drug tests, too…Fighters act like real dickheads. Tito Ortiz gives everyone the finger in public. They love these guys; or like Brock Lesnar, who gave everyone the finger and said, ‘I don’t care if everyone paid. Fuck you.’ He says things like that, and everybody loves that guy. Me, I’m a cool guy. I’ve never taken any steroids. They always criticize me. Don’t know why.”

I don’t know who he’s referring to. Fans? Because as far as I know, people like watching him fight. We just want him in the UFC. Fighters? Maybe, but maybe that’s because he’s always calling people out, but won’t leave the “small pond” in Bellator and step into the “big pond,” the UFC, and fight those people he’s calling out.

In an interview with LowKick.com, Fedor Emelianenko revealed that he’s gained some weight for his fight with Jeff Monson, now up to 242 lbs. “I don’t know if intentionally or not, it rather happened naturally. I did a little bit of barbell workout over here, which I enjoy a lot. So I just went up in muscle mass. I always quickly gain muscle, it’s never been a problem for me.”

In his fight with Dan Henderson he weighed 223lbs. Hopefully this new weight doesn’t slow him down. And hopefully it’s muscle, and not ice cream.

In a video interview for USA Today, Dan Henderson talked about his fight with Mauricio Rua. “It’s nothing I haven’t seen before. What I focus on is the fight right in front of me and making sure I’m living right there in the moment. It’s a fight that fight fans have wanted to see for a long time, and now they get to…I’m going to go out there…and knock him silly.”

I can’t wait for this fight. Someone is going to sleep. Hard to say who, but I’d be surprised if it went past the 2nd round.

UFC officials announced a featherweight bout between Erik Koch and Dustin Poirier, and that it is headed for the UFC 143 event on February 4.

This is a huge fight for 145lb division. Both of these guys are fast rising up the ladder, and with a decisive win, either one could be one or two wins away from a title shot.