Round One went resoundingly to proponents and supporters of mixed martial arts (mma) when the Connecticut House of Representatives voted 117 out a possible 143 votes for House Bill No. 5277.The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has been behind many of the lobbying efforts, not only by reaching out to legislators in both houses but also by having native Danburian and light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira testify before the State Legislature during the committee hearings.
The purpose of the bill is to establish regulations regarding who can compete and what competitors must do prior to fighting. The bill also calls for a commissioner to be named in connection with the Connecticut Boxing Commission. Everything from licensing fees to requirements for physicals and the age of the competitors are detailed in the bill.
The bill marks an important step toward making mixed martial arts events possible outside of the Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. The move brings a major economic boon to the state in that mixed martial arts is still unregulated and illegal in New York. This means that places like Hartford