Locals fighting for MMA legalization
Updated: Wednesday, July 10 2013, 01:54 PM EDT
Last month, a bill to legalize professional mixed martial arts bouts in New York was shot down before it could even get to the assembly floor for a vote. As a result, New York is the only American state where MMA fights are still outlawed.
But that's not deterring two local fight promoters from putting on Rochester's first fully-sanctioned, outdoor MMA event Saturday, July 13th, at Frontier Field.
Titans Promotions' Jesus Ortiz has teamed up with Mercedes Vazquez Simmons, of Pretty Girl Promotions, to put on the Battle of the Titans, The Beginning, in an effort to further the fight towards legalization.
Correction: The story states that "Battle of the Titans," will be New York's first, fully-sanctioned outdoor MMA event. The combination of 5 guys fighting and cage warsNY have already put on such an event in Albany, NY.