Michigan house to vote on amateur MMA regulation

Thursday, March 21, 2013

While most attention in mixed martial arts is on the pros, most fights, by two to one, are amateur. Thus the regulation of amateur MMA is of critical importance. Nowhere have there been a greater number of reports of problems with amateur fights than in Michigan.

The state government appears finally to be doing something about it.

The Michigan House is gearing up to vote on legislation that would impose regulations on amateur mixed martial arts events in the state.

The House is expected to vote on the bills Thursday. Currently, only professional mixed martial arts shows are regulated.

Democratic Rep. Harvey Santana of Detroit says the lack of rules in amateur shows puts fighters at risk for injury and disease.

The legislation would require amateur fighters to submit blood tests before bouts to prevent the spread of blood borne illnesses. It would also require promoters to provide insurance for fighters at their events.

If passed Thursday, the bills will be sent to the Senate for consideration.

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