Amy Dardashtian (@AmyDardashtian), AXS TV Legal Analyst/Huffington Post Legal Contributor, joined Joe Rizzo (@RearNakedChoke) and Jay Kelly (@JayKellyMMA) to talk MMA in NYC.

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The ongoing battle to get mixed martial arts in New York has been a 20-year fight, and Dardashtian gave her in-depth analysis on why this time it appears imminent that the sport will become legal in the state, opening the door for the UFC to have an epic event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.


As Dardashtian explained, MMA might be legal in New York by the time you hear her on RNC Radio. The bill was set to hit the assembly floor on March 21, 2016.

MMA in New York was not the only topic, as Dardashtian examined and explained why and how neither Bellator MMA nor the athletic commission in Texas would be liable in the cardiac arrest of Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris immediately after losing to Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson at Bellator 149.

Her career has taken Dardashtian from Emmy-winning television field reporter to legal analyst. That means college, law school and a lot of hustle in between. She reflected on her unique career path, and even engaged in some lively debate about who would be lucky enough to play her (or at least a character based on her) in a movie. If you have suggestions better than Rizzo’s tweet them to the group!

As always, feel free to comment below or send feedback about the show to @RNCRadio or @CombatPress on Twitter, or on Facebook at RNC Radio or Combat Press, and on YouTube.

About The Author

Jason Kelly
Radio Host

Jason Kelly has been a lifelong fan of martial arts and was instantly hooked on MMA after watching the pay-per-view broadcast of UFC 1 at 12 years old. The Canadian dabbled in martial arts and MMA over the years, but the sport he excelled at was basketball. Jason’s introduction to MMA media started at MMA Religion, which led to his position as a feature writer on MMA DieHards. Jason eventually became the Feature Content Manager at MMA DieHards. His duties at MMA DieHards led to hosting MMA DieHards Radio and MMA Cypher Radio with Corey Charron, before going on to join Joe Rizzo's longtime-running show, Rear Naked Choke Radio. Following a short hiatus from covering the sport he loves, Jason joined the staff at Combat Press. Aside from his interest in MMA, Jason has a passion for hip hop, especially battle rap. He considers himself a hip hop connoisseur and is always up for a conversation on the subject.

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