A bill that would legalize mixed martial arts in Connecticut has cleared another legislative hurdle and appears to be headed for a vote in the House of Representatives before the 2013 session ends on June 5.
House Bill 5277 would permit professional mixed martial arts matches to be held in the state, provided they are regulated and taxed. The measure, which has already been endorsed by the legislature’s public safety committee, won approval from the finance committee on Wednesday.
UPDATE: Lorenzo Fertitta, chairman and CEO of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, thanked members if the committee.
“This is another step forward in the process and another step closer to Connecticut joining 48 other states where mixed martial arts is legal,” Fertitta said in a press release. “The next step is a vote by the full House of Representatives. We are proud to have the support of Speaker Brendan Sharkey and we have every expectation that the House will demonstrate strong bipartisan support for legalizing and regulating MMA in Connecticut.”