By Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s Senate has voted again to legalize and regulate professional mixed martial arts.

The Republican-controlled Senate for the seventh straight year has voted to end the state’s ban on the sport.

New York is the only state that still prohibits professional matches, though fighters train at many gyms around the state and amateur cards are held.

The legislation would put MMA under the control of the State Athletic Commission, which regulates professional boxing.

A companion bill is gathering sponsors in the Democrat-controlled Assembly, which hasn’t passed the legislation before.

Recently added provisions would increase required insurance for injured fighters and authorize state authorities to recommend a funding mechanism for long-term care of fighters who develop degenerative brain conditions from injuries in the ring.

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