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NY Governor expected to sign MMA legalization bill today

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At 10:30am ET on April 14th, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is scheduled to sign a bill to legalize the sport of mixed martial arts in his state. 

If all goes ahead as planned, it will bring the UFC one giant step closer to being able to hold their first event at NY's Madison Square Garden.

With Governor Cuomo's signature added to the bill, which was passed by the New York Assembly last month, the final step to having MMA in NY will be for the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) to officially adopt MMA's Unified Rules - they will have 120 days to do so.

After the bill was passed by the Assembly, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said: "While there are still additional steps that have to occur before professional MMA becomes a reality in New York, I want to assure our fans that if Governor Cuomo signs the bill into law and the State Athletic Commission puts in place the appropriate regulations, we look forward to hosting our first New York event in the world's most famous arena - Madison Square Garden, home to so many epic sporting events throughout the decades."