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2/18/11 10:57 PM
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Mixed martial arts is currently not permitted in Connecticut. But the legislature is considering a bill that would sanction MMA matches -- provided they are regulated and the ticket revenue is taxed.

State Rep. Matthew Lesser, a Democrat from Middletown, has introduced legislation that would open the door for Connecticut to join 46 other states that have legalized MMA, a sport that has moved from the edges to the mainstream in less than a decade.

The General Assembly's public safety committee is slated to hold a hearing on the bill Tuesday afternoon.

Lesser said he was spurred to raise the bill by a constituent who is an MMA fan.

"It doesn't seem to make sense to tell fans from Connecticut that they have to leave the state to watch it,'' he said during a brief interview Friday afternoon. MMA matches have been held at the state's casinos, but cannot be legally held elsewhere in Connecticut.

Lesser says MMA could also boost the state's bottom line. Taxes on MMA gate receipts could provide "a pretty significant economic boom,'' he said.

Massachusetts and Maine both recently legalized MMA, but New York is one of four states that has not. That provides an opportunity for Connecticut, given its proximity to the Empire State, Lesser said.

MMA's fan base overlaps with that of professional wrestling. Lesser said Connecticut-based World Wrestling Entertainment is lobbying against the MMA bill.

But WWE spokesman Robert Zimmerman said via email that the company is not opposed to "this or anything else the state wants to do with regards to sports or entertainment."

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2/18/11 11:13 PM
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Melvinator86 - *facepalm* Phone Post
2/19/11 12:08 AM
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Lol Phone Post
2/19/11 12:10 AM
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What retard is behind UG news tonight? Jesus...
2/19/11 12:11 AM
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2/19/11 12:11 AM
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FAIL and TTT
2/19/11 12:24 AM
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the fuck ?
2/19/11 12:51 AM
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2/19/11 12:57 AM
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2/19/11 1:04 AM
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Lol... I mean really is that seriously the story and then you read it and then you post that headline and then I don't fuckin even know anymore *double facepalm*
2/19/11 1:07 AM
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UG news is a troll, lol
2/19/11 5:02 AM
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This is something Shitdog would post...

I'm sure Vinny Mac loves the journalism... stay classy UG
2/19/11 5:53 AM
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 so everyone just believes the paid wwe schill?
2/19/11 5:55 AM
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 Seriously.. what the fuck?

Someone needs to euthanize this "Underground News" troll account.
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 No, UG news aint wrong
It's kinda like someone stealing from you and the saying their not stealing from you but your literally watching them steal from you
They're lobbying against it they just don't wanna admit it
2/19/11 8:11 AM
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Tkelly647 - 
It's kinda like someone stealing from you and the saying their not stealing from you but your literally watching them steal from you

Um...what?
2/19/11 8:29 AM
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I hope these retarded, sensationalist titles that UG News always posts are good for site revenue or something!
2/19/11 9:34 AM
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Tkelly647 -  No, UG news aint wrong
It's kinda like someone stealing from you and the saying their not stealing from you but your literally watching them steal from you
They're lobbying against it they just don't wanna admit it

 Very simplistic, but correct.

WWE is a public company that is looking out for their own best interests (lobbying against MMA) but not doing so publicly (because a good percentage of their fanbase also likes MMA).   Not hard to undastan.

UG News has a lot of fail threads, this is not one.
2/19/11 9:36 AM
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how is this different than dana telling any and everyone in vegas that does business with the UFC that if they buy advertising from Affliction they'd never be allowed in the UFC again?

Remember, 'it's just business' goes both ways.

well well well motherfucker
2/19/11 10:46 AM
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Tkelly647 - 
It's kinda like someone stealing from you and the saying their not stealing from you but your literally watching them steal from you

Um...what?

 So your standing in your kitchen, getting a midnight snack or something, maybe a pop tart.
Then you hear a sound in your living room and it's definately not the tv, your wife and snot nosed kids are in bed, so its suspicious.
You go to your living room with the baseball bat you keep for such occasions.
You open it and theres a dude standing there with a bag, putting your flatscreen in it.
He then tells you that he is not in fact robbing you and that he values your right to your belongings.
You don't then go halfsies on your pop tart with him and get annoyed at yourself for thinking he's a robber and say anyone who calls him a robber is crazy.
JUST BECAUSE HE SAYS HES NOT ROBBING YOU DOESN'T MEAN HE ISN'T WHEN YOU CAN SEE CLEARLY THAT HE IS.
^Moral of the story
2/19/11 10:47 AM
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Evilzpet - 
Tkelly647 - 
It's kinda like someone stealing from you and the saying their not stealing from you but your literally watching them steal from you

Um...what?

 So your standing in your kitchen, getting a midnight snack or something, maybe a pop tart.
Then you hear a sound in your living room and it's definately not the tv, your wife and snot nosed kids are in bed, so its suspicious.
You go to your living room with the baseball bat you keep for such occasions.
You open it and theres a dude standing there with a bag, putting your flatscreen in it.
He then tells you that he is not in fact robbing you and that he values your right to your belongings.
You don't then go halfsies on your pop tart with him and get annoyed at yourself for thinking he's a robber and say anyone who calls him a robber is crazy.
JUST BECAUSE HE SAYS HES NOT ROBBING YOU DOESN'T MEAN HE ISN'T WHEN YOU CAN SEE CLEARLY THAT HE IS.
^Moral of the story

 The WWE are lying essentially
2/19/11 10:48 AM
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Tkelly647 - 
Evilzpet - 
Tkelly647 - 
It's kinda like someone stealing from you and the saying their not stealing from you but your literally watching them steal from you

Um...what?

 So your standing in your kitchen, getting a midnight snack or something, maybe a pop tart.
Then you hear a sound in your living room and it's definately not the tv, your wife and snot nosed kids are in bed, so its suspicious.
You go to your living room with the baseball bat you keep for such occasions.
You open it and theres a dude standing there with a bag, putting your flatscreen in it.
He then tells you that he is not in fact robbing you and that he values your right to your belongings.
You don't then go halfsies on your pop tart with him and get annoyed at yourself for thinking he's a robber and say anyone who calls him a robber is crazy.
JUST BECAUSE HE SAYS HES NOT ROBBING YOU DOESN'T MEAN HE ISN'T WHEN YOU CAN SEE CLEARLY THAT HE IS.
^Moral of the story

 VTFU for your amazing analogies.
2/19/11 11:48 AM
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lol, I swear some mma fans are as delusional and emotional (ie have a over victimized mentality) as high school girls. The WWE could give a shit and is not lobbying a damn thing. Stop trying to be "victims". Show SOME sort of evidence otherwise or STFU.

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