Connecticut close to legalizing MMA fights

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Connecticut legislators today took a step towards allowing mixed martial arts bouts to legally be hosted in the state.

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee approved a bill that would make it legal for the state to host MMA and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bouts, which were previously illegal in Connecticut.

The bill, which was co-sponsored by Rep. Charles Clemons (124th District) and Senaror Andres Ayala (23rd District), must still be passed by the House of Representatives.

48 other states have it legal to host MMA and UFC bouts.

The sport has grown in popularity in recent years and has broadcast fights on national television on FOX, FX, Fox Sports, and Fuel TV.

“We will continue to educate legislators about the sport, the positive economic impact it can have for Connecticut, particularly the Hartford and Bridgeport areas,” said UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.