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UFC 152 Sees Nearly $2M Gate; Attendance Down From Previous Toronto Event
Published September 24, 2012
MIXED FEELINGS: In Toronto, Steve Simmons wrote, “It’s still not boxing for me -- I don’t identify with the fighters the same way -- but the cadence is completely different. It isn’t about one fight, one bout: It’s about one long night of violent entertainment. Up close, it almost got me. Almost grabbed me. Entertained me. I don’t love it but I don’t dislike it anymore” (TORONTO SUN, 9/23).
LET 'EM FIGHT: In Rochester, Leo Roth wrote MMA "was banned" in New York in '97, but the "sport has evolved over 15 years with rules and safety standards that didn’t exist then." Roth: "If lawmakers in the assembly who keep chokeholding legislation to legalize professional MMA in New York would realize this, the state can start enjoying the economic windfalls experienced in 48 other states." Amateur MMA "is OK in New York and it’s also OK to train as a mixed martial artist in any gym." Roth: "You can watch MMA on television almost any day of the week. It’s nonsensical, political and hypocritical" (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 9/23).