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Committee Favors Mixed Martial Arts in CT

Connecticut could become the 46th state to legalize the contact sport.

While it still is not a law, a measure that would allow mixed martial arts bouts to take place in Connecticut passed another committee. According to the Associated Press, the bill passed the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee 46-4.

Connecticut is one of the few remaining states to ban the full-contact sport that incorporates various martial arts styles. Last month, Wyoming became the 45th state to regulate the sport.

New York, Vermont and Montana are among the states that still ban MMA, while Alaska simply doesn’t have a governmental body to regulate it.

MMA fighters strike and grapple through several five-minute rounds. A winner is declared by a knockout, submission or a decision by judges at the end of the rounds.    

Connecticut's casinos are exempt from the ban because they are on tribal reservation land. is hosting 10 professional MMA fights in the Arena on Saturday, June 2.

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