Fitzpatrick Decries MMA Legalization

Statement from Assemblyman Michael Fitzpatrick (R,C,I-Smithtown)

“The legalization of mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting in New York is the perfect example of what former Senator Patrick Moynihan would characterize as ‘defining deviancy down’ and normalizing a dangerous blood sport in the name of economic development. This is not the economic development our state needs. I am concerned about the health of fighters and what message normalizing and lauding violence sends to our children and families. Just because 49 other states do it doesn’t make it right for New York. Legalizing MMA is the wrong move for our state.”