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UFC president takes aim at Assembly speaker

New York City politician Sheldon Silver’s union ties were blamed for blocking a bill that would have made MMA legal in the state.

Malloy signs bill legalizing mixed martial arts

The bill to legalize MMA was passed on the last day of the 2013 legislative session after supporters overcame opposition that had in the past stalled efforts to expand the sport in Connecticut.

Promoters predict ‘quick rush’ to bring MMA fights to Connecticut

Fight promoters cheered the passage of a bill to legalize mixed martial arts in Connecticut, predicting that the oft-controversial but fast-growing sport could help generate millions of dollars in new tourism revenues.

Promoters clamoring to bring MMA to New York

While mixed martial arts isn’t a done deal in Connecticut until Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signs the bill into law, several of the sport’s leading promoters were already beginning to ratchet up lobbying efforts in New York.