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Trainer Duff Holmes Talks About MMA’s Legal Future In New York State, And Matt ‘The Hammer’ Hamill

Kristine Bellino, WIBX

New York State does not allow professional Mixed Martial Art fighting, but that could soon change, according to MMA trainer Duff Holmes.

Holmes says he’s received word that a lawsuit filed against the state, which will likely be resolved soon, could result favorably for the sport, and its promoters and competitors.

It is important to note that amateur MMA bouts (fighters not getting paid) are legal, which is way to may have seen advertisement for, or attended local MMA events in communities in New York.

On his relationship with Matt ‘The Hammer’ Hamill:

  • “We’ve been together for 8 years, we’re great friends,” however, Duff and Matt are no longer together as trainer and fighter.
  • Holmes says they had some differences of opinion about where to go at this time with Matt’s career.
  • Talking about whether or not Hamill had the ‘killer instinct’, Duff seemed to think his ex-fighter did not. It’s almost like things came too easy for him, in high school and college – he was so much better than everyone else, he said.
  • On their relationship, ‘we’re still great, I just saw him the other day.’

Listen to the full interview from WIBX First News with Keeler in the Morning:

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Duff was joined in studio by one of his newer pro-fighters, 26-year-old Dave Marfone (pictured above in black) who is 2-0. Marfone has to travel out of New York to continue his pro-fight career.

 

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