There's a ton of action in terms of getting the sport legalized. Here goes:
Amateur MMA gets a boost in Kentucky -
House Bill 684, sponsored by Rep. Steve Riggs ( D-Louisville ), extends regulations enforced by the Kentucky Boxing and Wrestling Authority to amateur MMA bouts. Previously, only professional MMA matches were covered. The bill also establishes a medical review panel for the authority.
The authority's rules help ensure the safety of participants by requiring a medical exam for each competitor, requiring a ringside physician for each match and mandating prompt access to an ambulance, among other measures.
"This was needed legislation, and we are glad it has become law," said Larry Bond, commissioner of the Department of Public Protection, which includes the boxing and wrestling authority. "The legislation will allow some regulation in a contact sport where amateur MMA competitors were exposed to risk and injury by competing in unregulated matches."
More after the jump.
A local politician's effort to squash the sport falls short in Massachusetts:
After hearing a dozen protesting advocates of what's loosely called mixed martial arts - from trainers to parents to participants - the council voted a "leave to withdraw" on Correia's draft ordinance.
Rather than continue discussion within its ordinance committee, the council said, in effect, "we're not interested."
"People came from all over the state and their voices were heard," Correia said, criticizing the council's action. "I don't know who spoke for the children of Fall River last night."
"It appeared that the only option was to totally ban mixed martial arts, and I don't feel we had any interest in doing that," said Councilor Cathy Ann Viveiros after proposing not to bring the draft law to their ordinance subcommittee and ask dozens of protesters to return.
Viveiros said she was particularly impressed by parents saying MMA was "working well as an alternative sport," teaching their children discipline, self-protection and self-respect.
And last, but not least, the union lobby in New York could make legalization there a problem:
Union spokesman Eric Sharfstein declined to comment about dealings with Station Casinos and the union's opposition to mixed martial arts in New York.