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      Fighter pushing New York to legalize professional MMA

      Alexis Davis

      Alexis Davis, heading toward a championship fight in Las Vegas, is making the legislative rounds hoping to make New York the final state to allow professional mixed martial arts.

      The state Senate is expected to again pass legislation Tuesday to legalize and regulate pro MMA fights like it does boxing.

      The choke hold is in the Assembly, where several legislators say the combination of kickboxing, judo and wrestling inside an enclosure is too brutal and a bad example for children.

      Supporters cite 60 Assembly co-sponsors and believe it will pass if the leadership allows a vote.

      The 29-year-old Davis is from Port Colborne, Ontario, near Buffalo. She says her only injury was a broken nose that didn't really hurt.

      She's scheduled to fight Ronda Rousey for the bantamweight title July 5.