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3/1/13 11:01 AM
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Bleacher Report's Damon Martin caught up with State Senator Mark Johnston, who is leading the thus far successful efforts in South Dakota to pass a law mandating the regulation of mixed martial arts.

The losing side is represented by Representative Steve Hickey who called mixed martial arts "the child porn of sports."

"It's not over yet," said the good Sen Johnston. "Because it was amended in the House of Representatives we still have to concur in the Senate over the House changes.  I support those changes, but the real challenge is when that bill comes before Governor Daugaard and what he does with it.  Either sign it, veto it or not sign it which in effect will allow that to go into law. Most importantly, I'm excited for the athletes in South Dakota.

"I believe that this will go a long way to change the perception that MMA has in South Dakota.  All throughout this process it has absolutely angered me the number of people who use the negative connotation of cage fighting with MMA.  We all know that a regulated sport like MMA will do away with 99-percent of the problems that we've had in South Dakota."

"There were two things that drove me everyday with this piece of legislation – athlete safety and opportunity. I think we've addressed athlete safety several times throughout these discussions but also from an opportunity perspective we have former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar who is a native of South Dakota, we've got a guy like David Martin, one of the most prominent managers of mixed martial artists in this country, all proponents of MMA."

This is a battle between dreams. Rep. Hickey, well, I wouldn't want to speculate about his dreams. But Sen. Johnston dreams of the biggest MMA show ever, at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Sturgis, SD is a town of 6,000, that grows once a year by 500,000, when motorcycle enthusiasts worldwide roar in for a week.

It brings an estimated $800,000,000 into the state.

"Importantly from a venue perspective having the Sturgis motorcycle rally the first 10 days of August in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota every year," said Johnston. "That attracts some half a million people over that 10-day period."

"Picture the possibility of holding at some point in history, holding the largest attended MMA event in the history of the sport in conjuncture with the Sturgis motorcycle rally. Talk about the prominence that will bring to South Dakota.  All because we have a sanctioning, governing body that will be a promoter of that type of event. 

"I'm thrilled by that possibility."

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3/1/13 11:13 AM
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dude. im from this state and that would be awesome Phone Post
3/1/13 11:30 AM
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ufc event sponsored by victory/harley... this is ANDERSON SILVA MONEY for a lot of people!! i see dana going to SD for a meeting later on next week! the money is too good to pass away, unless the culinary union buys some state politicians out like they're doing in NY
3/1/13 4:50 PM
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I remember when I was a kid watching the nWo they would always be having PPV's at Sturgis. The crowd was all grown men getting hammered and watching the matches on their bikes.. I remember it being pretty awesome. And by awesome I mean hilarious.
3/1/13 5:11 PM
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Roy Nelson HAS to fight on that card.

3/1/13 5:18 PM
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Yes that would be the biggest event. I also predict the most stabbings at sports event in recorded history. Phone Post
3/1/13 5:30 PM
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I live 30 min from sturgis I would be there.

3/1/13 6:29 PM
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It sounds like an awesome idea but of course, the match-making needs to be slugfest oriented/drunk blue-collar friendly.

I would highly advise them to not have Shields, Guida, Okami, Kongo, DHK, Maia, etc. or the UFC may have a small riot on their hands.

3/2/13 12:13 AM
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MdGeist - 

It sounds like an awesome idea but of course, the match-making needs to be slugfest oriented/drunk blue-collar friendly.

I would highly advise them to not have Shields, Guida, Okami, Kongo, DHK, Maia, etc. or the UFC may have a small riot on their hands.


You might as well just be honest and say what you really mean to say.  We need white boys that are gonna get in there and beat the shit outta each other.

3/2/13 12:18 AM
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UFC at the Full Throttle Saloon imo

 

 

WCW used to do a PPV in Sturgis every year. Was always an interesting crowd.

3/2/13 12:29 AM
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Steve Hickey was not trying to protect his constituents from human cock fighting, he was trying to protect MMA aficionados from his constituents.
3/2/13 12:55 AM
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MdGeist - 

It sounds like an awesome idea but of course, the match-making needs to be slugfest oriented/drunk blue-collar friendly.

I would highly advise them to not have Shields, Guida, Okami, Kongo, DHK, Maia, etc. or the UFC may have a small riot on their hands.


You might as well just be honest and say what you really mean to say.  We need white boys that are gonna get in there and beat the shit outta each other.

Hahaha preach on! Phone Post
3/2/13 2:33 AM
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Sorry to stereotype but I like to picture any time the fight going to the ground the cage looking like the cage in Blues Brothers when they performed at that bar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdR6MN2jKYs

Ref would be standing them up after 30 secs n' shit lol
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Double - apologies
3/2/13 5:54 AM
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aka_rtotheoh -  dude. im from this state and that would be awesome Phone Post

Where would the event take place? They could sell out any venue in the area during the bike rally.
3/2/13 8:38 AM
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Letibleu - Steve Hickey was not trying to protect his constituents from human cock fighting, he was trying to protect MMA aficionados from his constituents.

:-)

3/2/13 9:21 AM
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It would have to be an outdoor event like the one done in abu dhabi. Being from South Dakota I would love to see it but who knows if it will happen. Phone Post
3/2/13 11:50 AM
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eagleswhat1 - is there enough people in SD to fill a stadium?

Generally, no.  During Sturgis.  Yeah, definitely.  Basically goes from one of the smaller towns in South Dakota to the largest city overnight.

3/2/13 11:59 AM
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lil rampage got CREtired - It would be a massive event, do not underestimate the power of biker culture.

Massive in what way? Definitely not in terms of ticket sales. WCW ran events there and they had to give away all the "tickets". Those shows had tens of thousands of people watching, but they didn't make a penny for the company.

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