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Monday, December 27, 2010

Rally on February 8, 2011, to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York State 


For Immediate Release
Rally on February 8, 2011, to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York State

NEW YORK, December 27, 2010 -- On Tuesday, February 8, at 12 noon a rally will be held for the support of legalized and regulated mixed martial arts in New York State*. We will gather at 250 Broadway, Manhattan, New York, 10007 (Across the street from City Hall).

This rally is being organized by the Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York, a non-partisan volunteer group of organizations, gyms, business owners, and individuals who support the legalization and regulation of mixed martial arts in the state of New York.

In 2010, with the support of Governor Paterson and former Governor Pataki, legislation to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts was approved by the New York State Senate, but not the Assembly. We thus have chosen to rally at 250 Broadway, which houses the district office of Sheldon Silver, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly.

We ask that you bring picket signs (please keep your comments and images respectful) and, if possible, a pair of focus mitts. Please DO NOT bring any audio projection equipment.

"If you are a fan, fighter, gym owner, business owner, or organization official who wants to start the 2011 New York State legislative calendar by letting our government know we want legalized and regulated mixed martial arts in New York State, please come show your support! Let's gather together to show our legislators that New York State is not respecting the wishes of its voters! Let's remind our legislators that mixed martial arts is a professional sport and in need of regulation in our state! Let's remind our legislators how much business our state loses and how many jobs are lost to neighboring states where mixed martial arts is properly sanctioned! Let's remind our legislators that we care about the safety of our athletes! Let's remind our legislators that it is the people of New York State who vote for them, and that WE WANT LEGALIZED AND REGULATED MIXED MARTIAL ARTS IN NEW YORK STATE!"

-Stephen Koepfer of the Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York.

For more information please contact Stephen Koepfer at NYMMANOW@gmail.com or 718-728-8054. Be sure to subscribe to our blog: http://nymmanow.blogspot.com and join our Facebook group.

*Snow date for the rally is Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

No Holds Barred: King Mo Lawal Reviews 2010 in Combat Sports and Previews Sengoku, Dynamite, and 2011 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with freestyle and college champion wrestler, and the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, "King" Mo Lawal.

We open by finding out when King Mo plans to return to action in Strikeforce following surgery. He attended the K-1 World Grand Prix in Japan on December 11, and we discussed that historic event, which was won by Alistair Overeem. King Mo will also be attending the Sengoku Soul of Fight card on December 30, 2010, at the Ariake Colosseum in Tokyo, Japan, and the Dynamite!! 2010 card on December 31, 2010, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, both of which will feature numerous fights under differing rules. We thus previewed these highly-anticipated cards.

In addition, we announced some of our top choices for the best athletes and events of 2010 in mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and overall for the combat sports. We discussed why we expect 2011 to be a banner year in the combat sports for organizations like Strikeforce, Bellator, Martial Combat, and even for the K-1 World Grand Prix, as well as many others around the world. King Mo also explained why he believes that the mentality of K-1 fighters is different and preferable to that of many mixed martial arts fighters, and much more.

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