State Lawmakers Consider MMA Fighting Law

Four states do not regulate the sport now.

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2011  |  Updated 11:30 AM EDT
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State Lawmakers Consider MMA Fighting Law

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State lawmakers consider bill to legalize professional MMA fights in Connecticut.

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Connecticut could be the next state to legalize the growing sport of mixed martial arts.

A bill moving through the state Legislature would legalize and regulate MMA fights in the state. The commissioner of public safety would have jurisdiction over all the professional matches held.

Professional matches have been held at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, which are both exempt from the law barring the fights, because they are on tribal land.

The bill also calls for the commissioner to collect a 5 percent tax on receipts, after federal taxes are taken out.

 

As of now, 46 states have legalized MMA. Connecticut, New York, Vermont and West Virginia have not, according to MMAFighting.com.

If lawmakers pass the bill, Connecticut MMA fans won't have to travel to Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to see live events.
 

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