Time Running Out For Mixed Martial Arts Legislation

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Time may be running out to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts matches in Connecticut.

Stacey Scapeccia, an owner of an Oakville business where fighters train for matches in neighboring states, and Nick Newell, a mixed martial fighter, were outside the state Senate chamber Tuesday, hoping legislation they support will be approved. The 2012 session of the legislature ends at midnight Wednesday.

They may be out of luck. Senate President Pro Tem Donald Williams said he’s not thrilled with the sport because he says it does damage to fighters.

Two lobbyists for Ultimate Fighting Championship also were at the state Capitol Tuesday, lobbying for the legislation.

Indian casinos sometimes feature mixed martial arts events, but they cannot be held off tribal reservations. Advocates say the matches will help generate revenue for businesses including hotels and restaurants.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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