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Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-Lewiston, said Thursday that he favors the legalization of mixed martial arts fighting in New York and will introduce a bill to accomplish that.

Differing bills to legalize MMA already have been introduced in the Assembly and Senate in the 2013 session. Democratic Erie County Assembly members Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Dennis Gabryszak co-sponsored a MMA bill last year, but it did not pass.

“Once again, New York State is missing out on an opportunity to generate revenue, create jobs and strengthen our tourism industry,” Ceretto said.