Mixed Martial Arts Again Before Legislature

By STEPHEN KALIN, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut lawmakers are considering a proposal to legalize mixed martial arts competitions.

Venues in Hartford and Bridgeport have campaigned for years to host the events which they say would create jobs and generate revenue. Currently, fights are only allowed at the state’s Indian-run casinos.

Opponents say the sport’s most prominent promoter, Ultimate Fighting Championship, is a bad corporate citizen and argue the state should not endorse the promotion of violence.

Connecticut is one of the few remaining states that outlaw the sport, which features boxing, wrestling, taekwondo, judo and other disciplines.

The proposal is expected to come this week before the state House of Representatives where it has the support of more than two dozen lawmakers including Speaker Brendan Sharkey.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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