Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The New York Senate approved a bill Wednesday evening allowing professional mixed martial arts competition in the Empire State.
Some proponents said it's long overdue.
"New York needs to capitalize on opportunities that would continue strengthening our economy," said Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos in a statement released after the vote.
Senate majority leaders, citing a 2008 study, said a professional bout in New York City could provide as much as an $11.5 million boost to the economy.
This, as amateur bouts like the one recently held in Binghamton continue to grow in popularity across the state.
The bill will sent to the New York State Assembly.