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.