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Wisconsin Becomes the 43rd State to Regulate MMA

On Thursday, Governor Jim Doyle signed Senate Bill 290 to officially regulate Mixed Martial Arts in the state of Wisconsin. The bill was supported by State Senator Dave Hansen (Green Bay) and State Representative Pedro Colon (Milwaukee) with that hopes that regular MMA events in the state would help boost the states economy.

The bill states that fighters must have adequate health insurance, pre and post fight exams, regular physicals, and drug testing. Promoters are now required to be licensed which has led to some promoters coming out against the regulation.

UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Mark Ratner was in attendance to see the bill and has stated that the UFC will start holding events in Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay starting at the end of the year.

Ben Rothwell, Patrick Barry, Eric Schafer, and Alan Belcher all train in Wisconsin at Roufusport, one of the state’s top MMA teams.

Credit: WI Combat Sports

  • 3OAM says:

    This is great news for me. I live pretty close to Madison. SCORE!

  • Angry Mike says:

    It is good news. The more states that accept MMA, the better. Hopefully New York will wise up and do the same. Madison Square Gardens, baby! And give credit where credit is due. UFC had the good business sense to “reward” the politicians by committing to events in Wisconsin. One hand washes the other.

  • Rece Rock says:

    I hear yea angry mike – I’m from NYC I would love to see an event in MSG… And yes the pitch to these politicians is an influx of money into there local economy from these mma events being held in there state… The profit from an NYC show would be huge for all parties

  • Kamakosmo says:

    Am I wrong? The only reason MMA is not sanctioned in New York is because of one cranky-ass Congressman? God, I hate the whole “Human cock-fighting” B.S. they throw at the ignorant. Hey, idiots, what classes do you send your kids too? Karate classes? What’s one of the biggest sports in schools in the USA? Wrestling? Props to the MMA community (especially to Serra) if they get it here. I live on Long Island and will one of the 1st peeps in line for my ticket. Good Luck, and congrats Wisconsin!

  • Nick Havok says:

    I thought it was made pretty clear on ESPN’s E:60 that the main reason that MMA isn’t legal in New York is because of Dana White.

    They interviewed a politician and he made it crystal clear that they don’t want to do business with the greedy promoter. They said if they legalize MMA that they will be getting in bed with Dana White and that he was a innapropriate person to do business with.

    So don’t blame New York, instead blame Dana White. His foul ways are holding the sport back.

    Because if Scott Coker was in charge of the UFC I’m sure we would have seen a show at Madison Square Garden years ago.


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