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Brandon Ceisla and Tim Davis spar at Curtis Tillman's MMA gym in Cicero.

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A fighting chance: State's ban on mixed martial arts taken to federal court

The ban against Mixed Martial Arts in New York is being challenged in federal court by Zuffa, the parent owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC. The suit, filed in mid-November, names the state’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, claiming the ban on the sport is unconstitutional and a violation of the First Amendment. The suit requests an injunction be placed on the state of New York, preventing the state from enforcing the ban.


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