MMA now legal in all Canadian provinces & Connecticut


MMA was once despised, pushed from the airways, and frequently illegal. Now it is the world's fastest growing sport, and at least at the professional level, is legal and regulated nearly everywhere. The two exceptions are New York and Connecticut.

Current Connecticut statutes don’t permit MMA, according to a legal interpretation from Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, although training is allowed.

“Because the current boxing Regulations prohibit the fighting techniques used in MMA, and there is no statutory authority for MMA, MMA events cannot take place in Connecticut without a legislative change,” explained Blumenthal in a Dec. 8, 2008, correspondence with State Boxing Commission Chairman James Krayeske, Jr.

However, regulation in Connecticut has finally arrived, despite past attempts to thwart regulation of the sport by the Culinary Union, and the WWE.

Further the Canadian House of Commons passed Bill S-209 to amend the Criminal Code of Canada to permit MMA by a vote of 267 to 9.

Josh Sanchez from Fansided has the story.

Wednesday afternoon it was announced that the sport has passed the Connecticut senate and will now be legalized. With the news, Connecticut will become the 49th state to legalize mixed martial arts.

The good news does not end there.

There is also good news for MMA fans in Canada, as well. From UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs:

Marc Ratner UFC @MarcRatnerUFC
•Also today MMA is now legal throughout all Provinces in Canada great day for MMA
•Connecticut becomes the 49th State to legalize MMA ....NY is the last holdout and we'll get there too!

Unfortunately, New York remains without legalized mixed martial arts. It is the lone state that has yet to legalize the sport.

Once New York is a go, mixed martial arts is going to really erupt and take the step to the next level.

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Watch the House of Commons vote on S-409 to amend the Criminal Code of Canada allowing MMA by a vote of 267 to 9.


tags: Legislation   Regulation   Connecticut      


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Fade The Public site profile image  

6/7/13 9:00 AM by Fade The Public

This is all well and good, but wrasslin is acting. No sports commission should be involved with wrasslin at all. It's not even "sports entertainment".

Vulva Fabulous site profile image  

6/7/13 8:57 AM by Vulva Fabulous

I no longer watch pro wrestling and haven't since I was younger, but those guys bust there ass 300 days a year and because it's "sports entertainment" and not a legit sport, they get zero respect from most adults, which is sad. I have nothing but respect got those guys. Most of them come from a sports background. If it's so easy, everybody would do it that is in good shape. They most definitely deserve more appreciation for how hard they work and what they go through.

Chromium site profile image  

6/7/13 6:53 AM by Chromium

Do you throw yourself on the floor and get thrown on the floor by other huge dudes for 10-20 minutes straight at a time, 150 times a year? Not even going to get into highspots or blading or chairshots or the much worse things people like Necro Butcher do.

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6/7/13 6:39 AM by Vulva Fabulous

This really isn't news to me as I've gone to more UFC events in CT...3...than any other state and I've been to 13 live UFCs.....well, actually, I've gone to 3 in Vegas too, but that's not important right now lol.Until CT has a large enough venue, we'll never get s huge card here and that's too bad because being between NY and MA is great. Bridgeport only holds 10k, which sucks because you'd get a shitload of LI fans taking the ferry and NY, NJ, RI and MA driving or taking the train right to the arena. Bridgeport doesn't have a huge arena, but for mass transit it's one of the best locations there is and if you drive it's literally right off the exit.I hope CT can get a larger venue. Hartford is pretty old, I'd rather see it somewhere modern so I can be almost in the front row again and watch another beatdown like I saw with Baroni v. Menne. The only thing better than how close I was to the cage with my 8th row seats was the fact that my seat was against the ramp (sheds a tear). The only better seat I ever had was the UFCs 1st show in Miami where I was in the 2nd row. My friend and I actually heard a huge pop in the fight that Robbie Lawlor dislocated his hip. Makes my stomach turn to this day.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

6/7/13 12:04 AM by KingofBJJ

Rasslin' can fuck your body up? So can just throwing myself on the floor.

Chromium site profile image  

6/6/13 5:56 PM by Chromium

The regulations on wrestling, if any beyond a promoter's license, usually have to do with wrestlers providing a doctor's physical, because wrestling is still legit dangerous will fuck your body up, even if it's all fake. It's a stunt show with storylines. It's rare but yes, wrestlers have been denied licenses before when they were physically too fucked up. Ironically the most notable example I can think of is Yokozuna getting rightfully denied a license to wrestle in New York because he was a walking heart attack (he was legit over 500 lbs. but his gimmick was that he was a former sumo champion). This led to him quickly getting released by the WWF, and he would later die of a heart attack in his mid-30s while still wrestling on the indies. It's clear that New York could give a fuck about MMA fighter safety if they wanted to, but special interests fuck everything up.

Fade The Public site profile image  

6/6/13 4:55 PM by Fade The Public

I'm guessing if a state athletic commission regulates wrasslin, you can probably marry your sister in that state as well, right?

TheRealMrBeefy site profile image  

6/6/13 3:13 PM by TheRealMrBeefy

It's newsworthy for those of us from the Constitution State!!You must be from New York....

KingofBJJ site profile image  

6/6/13 1:35 PM by KingofBJJ

Why is this newsworthy.

stevekt site profile image  

6/6/13 1:33 PM by stevekt

Some state athletic commissions oversee pro-wrestling so it would be safe to assume that some AC's ban it or make it difficult for promoters to run shows there.