Hopefully in 2013, we can collectively agree that any form of media asking a fighter to place them in a rear-naked choke needs to come to an end. Actually, that's not entirely fair. Let's make a rule that if you ask a fighter to place you in a rear-naked choke, you can't tap out. The blood running through your neck will have to come to a complete halt and your unconscious body will need to collapse to the floor in order to realize how much of an idiot you were for asking someone to choke you out. Set an example for the children of the world. In any other moment in human civilization, this stuff would not have passed. Imagine someone at FOX News asking Attila the Hun to place them in a 'guillotine.' Necks would be rolling quicker than your friends rolled to Nate Dogg in the late 90s (RIP).
It appears the crew at YNN received the memo and didn't ask anyone to place them in a silly submission, but they did thoroughly cover the first sanctioned amateur MMA bout held in New York in over a decade. According to promoter Don Lilly, the MMA card was sanctioned under the 'Martial Art Law' which only applies to amateur fighters. The bout was held in a converted skating rink and it appears the promoter sold out the event.
Hey, we're working with baby steps here -- but it's still a giant step towards MMA being completely legalized in the state of New York. Feel free to watch the YNN video of the event below and check out the YNN article for more info on the sanctioned bout.