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Brooklyn borough president to express support for MMA in New York

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman takes questions

UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman takes questions from media after an open workout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Dec. 10, 2015, two days ahead of his fight against Luke Rockhold at UFC 194. Photo Credit: Newsday/Jeffrey Basinger

The push to legalize mixed martial arts in New York moves to Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will express support for making New York the 50th state to legalize and regulate professional MMA

He is scheduled to be joined at Barclays Center by former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, from Baldwin, and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark at a 1 p.m. news conference.

Earlier this month, the legislation passed through the State Senate for a seventh consecutive year. It now rests with the State Assembly, where it has stalled in one committee or another each year.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo showed his support for legalizing MMA in January when he included its revenue in his budget proposal.

New York remains the only state — and the only place in North America — with a ban on professional MMA, a law on the books since 1997 when the sport was far different from what it is now.

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