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2/16/10 3:55 PM
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On February 16, 2010, the Iowa Senate unanimously passed (with two Senators absent) Senate File 2286--a bill to regulate amateur and professional mixed martial arts matches.  There were two notable amendments to the bill between its previous approval by the Committee on Business and Labor Relations and its approval by the full Senate.

First, the definition of "mixed martial arts match" was changed from one that is just "open to the public" to also requiring "payment of an admission fee" or donations requested from those in attendance.   This prevents, for example, a training match at a jiu-jitsu school from falling under the auspices of the bill.   The second change was that the minimum age for competing in a mixed martial arts event was changed from 21 to 18.

Senator William A. Dotzler, Jr. should be commended for listening to concerns that promoters and fighters had about the earlier version of the bill, and for submitting the above amendments prior to the full Senate vote.  Iowa Athletic Commissioner David Neil also deserves kudos for listening to concerns and helping craft language to address them.

The bill still has to be passed by the House, but the 48-0 Senate vote certainly gives it a lot of momentum.  Although MMA has long been "legal" in Iowa, if the bill ultimately becomes law, Iowa will finally recognize and be able to regulate MMA as independent sport rather that shoehorning it into existing regulations governing "shootfighting."

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2/16/10 4:15 PM
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Good for the state. Just really don't see the UFC coming to Iowa though. :D
2/16/10 4:16 PM
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FenixTX - Good for the state. Just really don't see the UFC coming to Iowa though. :D
I could, especially if you got a former collegiate wrestler headin up the main card
2/16/10 4:17 PM
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it says ammy
2/16/10 4:54 PM
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Awesome. Another step forward for MMA as a sport. It would be great to see a college wrestler breeding ground like Iowa turn into a hot spot for novice MMA fighters. I'm sure they won't have any record attendance crowds in Iowa, but this is good for the sport in the long run.
2/16/10 5:12 PM
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 Good for them, there has been a lot of CRAP shows doing shady shit like that for a long time in Iowa
2/16/10 5:15 PM
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White Culture - it says ammy
I thought it said "army", LOL
2/16/10 5:22 PM
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 Crap shows AKA Cage thug, and travis fultons show. Travis fulton would be his own mainevent and beat guys up from the crowd what a classy guy.
2/16/10 6:56 PM
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Wow, I wonder how soon that will take effect.
2/16/10 7:21 PM
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Between Des Moines and the Quad Cities, Iowa knows MMA.
2/16/10 7:24 PM
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i with brian, anyone know how soon this goes into effect?
2/16/10 7:46 PM
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Pernicious - Between Des Moines and the Quad Cities, Iowa knows MMA.
2/16/10 11:56 PM
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Yay for us! GO IOWA!

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