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MMA Bans Being Lifted, Some Not


(Or at least MMA.)

The Washington Post ran a story today about a Maryland Delegate trying to undo the ban on mixed martial arts in the state. The bill is House Bill 795 – which is fascinating reading – drafted by Democratic Delegate Kirill Reznik of Montgomery County. Here’s a snippet:

Democratic Delegate Kirill Reznik of Montgomery County has proposed a bill allowing the mixed martial arts contests. He says the law change would allow Maryland to play host to nationally known events. Reznik has studied a version of a martial art called Chinese Kempo for more than 20 years.

Reznik says all Maryland’s neighboring states except West Virginia allow the fights. Lawmakers in Michigan signed off on a similar bill about mixed martial arts last year.

And as BloodyElbow pointed out earlier, MMA is legal in the nation’s capitol and in the state of Virginia. So bringing Maryland on board would expand the opportunities for fighters, venues, promotions and training camps in the DC/Tri-State area. The Canadian Press also reported on several states legalizing MMA last year.

Arkansas, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Virginia all approved MMA in 2007, according to the UFC.

The ranks of the MMA prudes are shrinking. We already know that some parts of our northern cousins’ country do not allow the glory that is MMA, but there are states remaining that have not seen the light. And some states that allow professional MMA events do not allow amateur events, which is kinda’ understandable – but not much fun. After some quick research, we came up with the following states that either need to get on board or secede from the union.

-Maine: Big shock here.

-Maryland: Hopefully not for long.

-Nebraska: While not exactly illegal, it’s left up to the communities/counties – and many prosecute for assault or promoting assault.

-New York: This just doesn’t make any sense.

-North Carolina: Possible change in the works.

-South Carolina: Too worried someone might knock their two teeth out.

-Tennessee: Heavy lobbying to make it legal.

-West Virginia: Write your congressman.

So hopefully 2008 will see these states put into a legal armbar and you can get some MMA action in your town soon.

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Derek- February 20, 2009 at 10:30 pm
Race has nothing to do with stereotypes, sir.
Derek- February 20, 2009 at 10:28 pm
I live in South Carolina, (not from there, I have all my teeth) and the laws against the sport are killing me financially. I have to drive to the surrounding states every couple weeks to fight costing me around $150 a trip. I've already fought twice this month so $300 extra spent because this state won't legalize a sport. I'm more likely to get KILLED in a car wreck getting to the fight than get HURT at all in the fight. I know there are more fighters in the state of South Carolina who feel my pain. I'm not going to be able to afford to fight anymore if MMA isn't legal in my own state of residence. If anything should be illegal it's NASCAR, now that is a dangerous sport(?). And Brandon B., it depends on what part of SC, two is giving them a lot of credit in some areas, no joke.
Brandon B.- January 25, 2009 at 11:52 pm
I'm surprised of the ignorance people post on the internet.
The reason MMA Isn't Legal in South Carolina is because " Someone might knock there two teeth out" common? How racist can you get towards southern people.
Delegate Kirill Reznik- February 6, 2008 at 4:07 am
Sorry for the missing information. The Senate Bill is 649.

Thanks again.

Delegate Kirill Reznik
Delegate Kirill Reznik- February 6, 2008 at 3:57 am
Dear MMA Readers,

I want to thank you for the post and publicizing the bill and our efforts here in Maryland to allow for the sanctioning of professional MMA. There is a good buzz here in the General Assembly and I have high hopes.

However, there is still a long way to go and I need your help. Call your friends and fellow competitors in Maryland and have them contact their State Legislators. Tell them to vote for House Bill 795 and Senate Bill . The Bill has also been cross-filed in the Senate by Senator Joan Carter Conway.

Go to this website to look up your Maryland State legislators - http://mlis.state.md.us.

Again, that you for the help and I look forward to attending my first professional MMA event in Maryland soon.

Sincerely,
Delegate Kirill Reznik (District 39, Montgomery County)
Surf- February 6, 2008 at 2:09 am
Alright I'm in NY and I have to agree with it not making sense that we're not on board. After going to the UFC 79 event at MSG I would've thought that people would've gotten a clue but I guess I'm wrong.
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