Robert Williams, deputy commissioner for the state police, told the same legislative panel flat out: His department doesn't want to get anywhere near these events, even if they are permitted in dozens of other states. Williams called the full-contact, combat sport "bloody, brutal and potentially deadly."
That doesn't sound like the kind of sport Maine should be associated with.
Rep. John Tuttle, D-Sanford, is sponsoring the bill to have the state sanction and regulate the sport. He said mixed martial-arts events are growing in popularity and that venues in Portland and Bangor would be good places to host the bouts.
We recommend that Tuttle and a co-sponsor of his bill, Sen. Bill Diamond, D-Windham, reconsider their legislation.
As we said in an editorial last week, in which we opposed a bill that would require people who use kayaks and canoes to buy licenses, some things just seem like they shouldn't happen in Maine.
Full-contact, mixed martial arts fighting is one of them.
The trouble and cost -- and potential for serious injury -- just isn't worth it.