A proposal to regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) will get public hearing at the capitol today. The measure, Senate Bill 290, calls for licensing and regulation of MMA fights a similar way boxing is handled in the state. Among the provisions include requiring fighters to show proof of medical insurance, judges meeting certain requirements to gain licenses, drug testing as well as a physician and ambulance being present at every match. A Madison based fight trainer says many MMA promotions are already taking these steps to ensure safety. Mark Plavcan, co-owner of Twisted Fitness Gym, admits however some smaller promoters have “cut corners” by not having medical staff on hand.
Plavcan is among a group, including promoters and physicians, pushing for regulation. He says in addition to providing safety for fighters, the law could be good for Wisconsin’s economy. Plavcan cites the state of Nevada which saw increased tax revenue after MMA was legalized.
The UFC, the most successful MMA promotion worldwide, is backing the bill in hopes of potentially holding an event in the Badger State.
Some people are concerned with ultimate fighting being too violent and would rather see no competitions being held.