Last Updated on March 1, 2012.


March 1, 2012 Stephen Koepfer

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On March 6th the Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York brings you a full day of events to support the legalization of live Mixed Martial Arts in New York State

Rally to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York

11:30am – 1:30pm Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan Office

(633 Third Avenue, NYC, 10017. Between 40th – 41st Street)

Michael Benjamin, former NYS Assemblyman and co-sponsor of the Assembly MMA bill. Mr. Benjamin has a long history in New York State government, politics, and human services. He is currently a political columnist and speaker.

Rob Haydak, is the co-owner and President of Atlantic City-based Cage Fury Fighting Championships. Mr. Haydak and his team have built the CFFC brand into one of the nation’s top regional professional MMA promotions. CFFC provides a competition platform in New Jersey for many elite New York-based mixed martial artists.

Mixed Martial Arts Documentary Film Festival

4:00pm – 8:00pm The Theater Lobby at Madison Square Garden (7th Avenue at 32nd Street).

The Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York, in association with Madison Square Garden and TaKe On Productions, will host a FREE MMA documentary film festival. Media and fan Q & A sessions with the Director and Producer will follow each film. RSVP to [email protected] to confirm your attendance.

4:00pm – World Premiere of “In Her Corner: The Inside Story of Women’s MMA”

This film features interviews with Munah Holland, Bjorn Rebney, and Roxanne Modafferi. (Run Time: 32 minutes)

Produced by Cherri Shepherd and Matthew Kaplowitz. Directed by Matthew Kaplowitz

4:45pm – Manhattan Premiere of “New York Mixed Martial Arts”

This film features interviews with Bas Rutten, Josh Barnett, Frank Shamrock, and many New York-based MMA personalities. (Run Time: 60 minutes)

Produced by Stephen Koepfer. Directed by Kahleem Poole-Tejada.

6:00pm New York Premier of “Fight Life”

Featuring interviews with Jake Shields, Miesha Tate, Nick Diaz, and Big John McCarthy. (Run Time: 72 minutes)

Produced and Directed by James Z. Feng

Mixed Martial Arts Trivia Challenge

Attendees of the rally and film festival will be challenged to answer MMA trivia questions for a chance to win prizes including MMA memorabilia and gear, and a pair of ringside seats for “Muay Thai at the Mecca” presented by TaKe On Productions at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.


Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York (documentary):

“New York Mixed Martial Arts” documentary:

“Fight Life” documentary:


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