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The Constitution to the rescue!

The UFC seems to have the opinion that there isn’t a problem in the world that can’t be solved with lawyers. And now they’re taking that view (which has worked out so well for them when suing fighters, managers, and promotions) and applied it to the legalization of MMA in New York:

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and a group of plaintiffs including fighters, fans, trainers and others involved with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) announced today that they have filed a lawsuit against New York State officials challenging the constitutionality of the state law banning live professional MMA events and associated activities (the “Ban”). 

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, challenges the Ban for violating numerous provisions of the United States Constitution, including the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause and the Due Process Clause. 

Specifically, the lawsuit alleges the Ban infringes upon the rights of the fighters who want to publicly exhibit their skills as professionals and express themselves before a live audience, the rights of fans who would like to experience live professional MMA events, and the rights of those who train, publicize or otherwise advance MMA in New York.

MMA legislation has been languishing in the New York legislature for three years now, even after the UFC applied some o dat sweet lobbyist grease to the wheels. It’s nice to see that the UFC isn’t afraid to take this fight wherever they need to in order to win. When all else fails, invoke your Constitutional Right™ to hold human cockfighting events! Mentioning the founding fathers might help too … they didn’t start America so a bunch of pussies could infringe upon our First Amendment right to express our fists on other people’s faces.

  • malonth says:

    It sounds like a pretty weak law suit. You can obviously talk, write and express yourself all you want about MMA in New York. The question then becomes whether actually putting on or participating in mma events is constitutionally protected expression.

    Now there are cases where doing something, as opposed to just talking about it, is protected First Amendment expression: flag burning. But if you burn an American flag at one of these OWS protests, aka Parasites on Parade, you are obviously trying to make some type of political point. Is someone fighting in an mma bout expressing something. I guess you could argue that but it seems quite a stretch. What if I shoot heroine on the street? Solicit a prostitute? Sure, I’m giving you the slippery slope argument, but it’s hard not to in this context.

    These arguments have been used with very mixed success with respect to exotic dancing.

  • CAP says:

    Everyone will bow down to the UFC wang.

  • lukustra says:

    ive been away from the blog for a while, so here i am with my triumphant return to the comments section with this mutinous commentary…

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  • lukustra says:

    you’re welcome.

  • Night Rider says:

    This post is now about Podcasts and your lack of them. Discuss

  • subo says:

    Night Rider – We (read: I) are (read: am) working on that.

  • frickshun says:

    I Octagon New York.

  • SHORT_BUS says:

    Here’s the full complaint they filed. It’s a heavy read, just over 100 pages:

    Interesting list of plaintiffs:

    Jon Jones, Gina Carano, Frankie Edgar, Matt Hamill, Brian Stann, Zuffa, LLC d/b/a Ultimate Fighting Championship, Danielle Hobeika, Beth Hurrle, Donna Hurrle, Steve Kardian, Joseph Lozito,Erik Owings, Chris Reitz, and Jennifer Santiago

  • glassjawsh says:

    i still plane New York