The biggest fight for the mixed martial arts industry will not take place in any arena this year. Instead, it'll be in Albany. Lobbyists and industry executives try to persuade the Legislature to legalize the popular sport in New York state. Mixed martial arts is currently banned in New York. UFC failed to get it overturned last year. Similar debates have been playing out around the country, as the sport has surged in popularity: UFC officials also are making a push to allow MMA in Wisconsin, South Carolina and Massachusetts.