The fight to change New York's law barring live mixed martial arts events is heading to court. The UFC is suing New York, claiming the ban on live MMA bouts is unconstitutional.
Lawyers for the UFC, which holds MMA events, emphasize the theater and drama of mixed martial arts. The fighters' fists of fury are actually a form of expression, protected by the First Amendment, the UFC claims.
"It's martial artistry. The nature of martial arts is a lot like dancing," one plaintiffs' lawyer told The Wall Street Journal.