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"We have to pay sales tax for every fighter we train here," he said. "So every person who comes in and signs up at Victory, we have to pay a membership tax to New York State. So New York State makes money off us training people for a sport they deem illegal, but they'll collect the money so we can train people. It's just so backwards and doesn't make sense."
Herbert said that current amateurs at Victory, like Tonawanda's Scott McGregor who will fight this Saturday night at the NT SportsPlex Arena on Ridge Road on the TNT Fight Series' Dynamite card, have a tough decision to make when trying to decide to go pro.
"We have these amateurs and they want to turn pro and I'm like, 'I don't even know if we can get you fights.' We have seven or eight pros, but at the same time if we have any more pros I'm going to spend the rest of the year living out of my jeep," Herbert said.
As the fight continues between MMA supporters and New York State over the right to fight professionally, Victory MMA is set to continue its amateur efforts this Saturday night. The first bout of the 11-fight card is set to begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are available by calling 716-471-0566.
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