U.F.C. Bill Clears First Hurdle in the Assembly

ALBANY—After forty minutes of debate, an Assembly committee voted to advance a bill that would allow and regulate mixed-martial arts bouts in New York. The vote was 13 to 5.
Assemblyman Bob Reilly led the charge against the measure, making the case that “violence begets violence” and that the state should make a moral stand. He showed a video clip of Dana White, an official with Ultimate Fighting Championship, profanely berating the author of a critical sports article as a “fucking dumb bitch,” amid other choice outbursts.
Reilly’s tactics apparently didn’t work this time around–he was able to kill the bill in 2008.