Fighters competing with HIV and Hepatitis C all part of New York's disastrous amateur MMA scene

Angie Walton-USA TODAY Sports

DEADSPIN has uncovered some startling and disturbing facts about New York's amateur MMA scene that will likely force up-and-coming fighters to think twice about competing in "The Big Apple."

Professional mixed martial arts (MMA) is still banned in the state of New York, but amateur MMA is in full swing in "The Big Apple."

In fact, according to a report by DEADSPIN, there were 47 amateur events in the state in 2013 alone.

The problem?

There is not an official commission to regulate these unsanctioned events, which has led to one messy, dirty and dangerous scene. So dirty, in fact, that there have plenty of fighters who were once denied licenses to fight in New Jersey due to HIV and Hepatitis C, that went rouge and competed at unsanctioned events in New York.

Nick Lembo, chief counsel for the New Jersey Athletic Control board, offers up a few instances in which a fighter -- and their opponent -- had their safety and health put at risk. And it wasn't pretty.

His words:

"There have been many contestants who have been banned from regulated combative sport in New Jersey because of subdural hematoma, hepatitis C, HIV, detached retinas, and other medical concerns who have competed freely in amateur MMA and kickboxing in New York under the direct supervision of state-approved sanctioning bodies, or at shows without such direct supervision."

Those sanctioning bodies include the World Kickboxing Association, the International Sport Karate Association, and the United States Muay Thai Association, just to name a few.

If facing a fighter who could possibly have HIV or Hepatitis C wasn't bad enough, a fighter can go right into another fight after getting knocked out in his previous bout, because there is no medical record proving that he isn't fit for combat.

So how do other athletic commissions come to the decision to deny or approve a fighter from New York that is applying to fight in that specific state? They simply go by gut instinct, according to Greg Sirb, executive director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.

Sure, they can take blood tests to see if the blood is clean, but they have no way of knowing if they suffered a brutal knockout in their prior fight.

Of course, the ban on MMA in New York prohibits the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) to have anything to do with any amateur event. And as long as the Las Vegas Culinary union has its way, it will remain that way.

Perhaps the dirty gangsters politicians of New York should spend less time and money trying to keep UFC -- a very strict and professional organization -- out of the state and take a deeper look at the unsanitary and unsafe fights that are going on every weekend in their own backyard.

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