Multiple outlets are reporting that the state of New York has officially voted to legalize mixed martial arts following the sport being banned for nearly 20 years.
The vote to legalize the sport was held by the New York State Assembly earlier today, with the majority voting in favor of lifting the ban. The final vote came in at 113-25.
New York now joins the remainder of the United States that already allow and regulate mixed martial arts.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the measure into law following the budget measure for 2016; however, the only remaining hurdle is said to be the New York State Athletic Commission establishing and finalizing a set of rules, which is a process that can take up to 120 days. Once this is finished, mixed martial arts will be fully legalized in New York.
Mixed martial arts was first banned in New York in 1997 by then-governor George Pataki.
WWE has postponed the “Daniel Bryan Appreciation Night” which was originally scheduled for Friday’s WWE live event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
MSG issued the following to ticket holders today:
Dear WWE Ticket Holder:
Due to a scheduling conflict, the ceremony to honor former WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Daniel Bryan on March 25, 2016 has been postponed.
While this honoring may occur at a later date, WWE Live – Road to WrestleMania, this Friday at Madison Square Garden, will still take place as scheduled. The event will feature many of your favorite WWE Superstars. After nearly 5 years, Triple H returns to action in the ring in the worlds most famous arena, Madison Square Garden! Also see Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Ric Flair, Sheamus, AJ Styles, Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens and many more!
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and look forward to your continued support of the WWE and Madison Square Garden.
The Madison Square Garden Company