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. This rally, which is organized by the “Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York” and headed by “Sambo Steve”, Stephen Koepfer, also just got an update on their guest list.
Confirmed to speak is Tara Larosa, Assemblyman Michael Benjamin and The Garv as event MC. LaRosa is currently the #2-ranked pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world by MMARising.com. and the current DaMMAge Fight League 125lb Women’s Champion. Michael Benjamin has more than 25 years experience in progressively responsible positions in the fields of Government, Human Services and Politics. He was elected to four terms of office as a Member of the New York State Assembly. Before entering the State Assembly, Michael headed the Bronx Board of Elections. He has twice served as parliamentarian on the Bronx Democratic County Committee. Benjamin is also a co-sponsor of the Assembly MMA bill in 2009, and has been become an advocate for the legalization of the professional sport of mixed martial arts. The Garv, who most of you know from his website, is ring announcer and commentator for mixed martial arts shows in the tristate area including DaMMAge Fight League, Ring of Combat, Asylum Fight League, Evolution Amateur MMA, M-1 Global, and others.
The gathering will be at 250 Broadway, Manhattan, New York, 10007, which is conveniently across the street from City Hall, which houses the district office of Sheldon Silver, the Speaker of the New York State Assembly. Head to their website for more info on the coalition, messages from other fighters and politicians who support it and more info on the problems with getting the sport legalized in NY and what you can do to help!