Oklahoma & Cherokee Nation compact allows MMA

by Michael McNutt | source: newsok.com

Mixed Martial Arts matches now can be held on tribal land owned by the Cherokee Nation.

The Legislature's Joint Committee on State and Tribal Relations on Thursday approved revising an existing professional boxing compact with the Cherokee Nation to include mixed martial arts matches in the agreement.

Gov. Brad Henry and Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith have already signed the compact. The committee unanimously approved it.

Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, a member of the committee, said the Cherokee Nation plans to hold a mixed martial arts match Nov. 12 at its Hard Rock Hotel and Casino complex in Tulsa.

The Xtreme Fight Night event is to take place in The Joint theater.

"MMA is gaining in popularity,” said Wesselhoft, R-Moore.

According to the compact, the promoter of mixed martial arts match would pay $1,500 to the state for each event. The total purse for the event cannot exceed $750,000, according to the document.

The compact has no expiration date. It is renewed automatically every year unless one side decides to terminate it.

Mike Miller, spokesman for the Cherokee Nation, said mixed martial arts events have been held in the Tulsa area and "it's something we want to do on our tribal properties.

"This allows us to do it within a cooperative framework,” he said.

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