Bid to Bring MMA Clears Legislative Committee

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A bill that would legalize and regulate mix martial arts matches in the state cleared a key legislative committee this afternoon on a vote of 21 to 2.

Connecticut is one of four states that does not permit the fast-growing sport, which blends judo, karate, boxing and other forms of fighting. A similar bill came up during the 2011 legislative session but failed to win approval.

Supporters say mixed martial arts matches could generate significant revenue for the cash-strapped state.

\”It goes on here in an unregulated environment,\’\’ said Sen. Joan Hartley, D-Waterbury and co-chair of the committee. \”This will serve to include those regulations and bring it under control, if you will.\”

But Rep. Steven Mikutel, D-Griswold, said he has concerns about the safety of the sport. \”Would it allow one to use one\’s foot and elbows to strike another person in the head and to kick somebody when they\’re on the ground?\’\’ he asked.

\”It seems too brutal for me, too uncivilized. I\’m…concerned with the message it send to young people. I\’ve seen these cage fights and [they\'re] pretty brutal.\”

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4 thoughts on “Bid to Bring MMA Clears Legislative Committee

  1. Joe LaBrecque

    Rep. Mikutel, as a resident of Griswold, I hope you do some research on the sport before making any assumptions. There are rules in MMA and the referee does everything to protect a fighter that cannot protect himself. It is a sport that teaches respect and dedication. Please educate yourself on the sport before making strides to hinder it’s progress.

  2. FiveForm

    While everyone can make their own decision as to whether they want to attend these events, should they become a reality, I feel that we are already close to maxing out on gambling and other questionable pastimes. Now we want to bring back the gladiators? Does no one learn from history? There are other heroes to emulate.

    We are treated to daily doses of the sad stories, violence, and tragic events on the evening news. In general, more attention and effort needs to be placed on positive, creative, uplifting life experiences and less on death, maiming, and destruction. Brutality is not an artform for a society which feins to be “civilized.”

  3. John

    Ahh Mr. Mikutal, I’m glad you did your research before you opened up your mouth. CT continues to be woefully behind in all aspects of life as usual.

  4. Chris B.

    I have participated in two MMA events in Massachusettes,and there are strict rules for professional fighters and even more stringent rules for amatuer fighters(which I am). It is not some type of caged street mugging, nor as brutal a 250+ lb lineman tackling a 180lb quarterback. It is an actvity of personal choice, you can choose not watch it or not to fight in a competition. If the state allows both amatuer and professional fights and doesn’t over regulate and over tax (difficult for lawmakers) it could be one additional facet to the state to help generate revnue. I enjoy fighting I would love to be able to fight here in Connecticut.

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