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Inside the Octagon

April 28, 2009 - Craig Harvey
Mixed Martial Arts continues to be a hot topic in New York State.

Should it be legal or illegal?

While several other states are benefiting from legalizing the sport, New York continues to be behind the curve. One state that is profiting from MMA is Ohio and on Saturday, April 25, the NAAFS (North American Allied Fight Series) put on a top-notch fight card.

Jay Wadsworth, fighting out of Jamestown MMA, won via Guillotine Choke at :44 of round one against Brandon "Bad Intentions" Poindexter.

"It's our first fight since we started our first team back on March 1," Wadsworth said. "We brought home six medals at the New York State Grappling tournament and this is the first Jamestown MMA win. We are ready to go."

While it is a historic win for the newly formed school, it sure looks like it won't be the last. On April 28, NAAFS announced Wadsworth will be competing May 9 in a title fight.

A New York state resident with a chance to win a title in Ohio — sounds kind of sad he can't win a title in his home state.

"Hopefully it comes around," Wadsworth said. "The publicity is great. People have to see it. Everything is about the safety of the fighter in here."

Ask NAAFS announcer Steve Hindman how well Ohio is embracing the sport.

"It's one of the best sports on the face of the earth," Hindman said. "Some of the best athletes in the world are getting into it. It's huge out west. You're sitting in one of hot beds of the world right here in Midwestern Ohio."

Hindman is no stranger to Mixed Martial Arts. He has been a coach in Europe and Japan and while the sport continues to prosper out there, Hindman knows how well fans in America are embracing the sport.

"It's going to be the biggest sport in the world," he declared. "I have to tell ya, we have some of the best fans in the world here. New York is a hotspot for fighters. Pennsylvania is putting out monster wrestlers. I can't say when the guys making the decisions will get on board, but I think they will."

 
 

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Jay Wadsworth of Jamestown MMA is introduced before his fight at the NAAFS Midwest Combat Challenge 7 in Akron Ohio.