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Rejoice, Hoosiers: MMA Regulation Begins Today In Indiana

(This is particularly good news for Indiana-based fighters who aren’t currently allowed to leave the state.)

The unregulated, chaotic MMA scene that produced Miguel Torres is finally getting some much-needed structure. Via MMA Junkie:

A bill that calls for the Indiana Athletic Commission (formerly the Indiana State Boxing Commission) to regulate mixed martial arts went into effect today. The state is one of 39 in the U.S. that either regulates MMA or has passed legislation that will require regulation in the coming months. Although Indiana has hosted numerous un-sanctioned MMA shows in recent years, official regulation opens the doors for organizations such as the Ultimate Fighting Championship to hit the potentially lucrative market of Indianapolis…

In previous years, MMA events have been held in Indiana with no interference from the state’s boxing commission. In essence, fighters competed with no drug testing and could bounce from the amateur and professional ranks and even compete multiple times in a short span with no overseeing body. Promoters could also skimp on medical personnel and other safety regulations at events. The anything-goes environment is the primary reason major organizations such as the UFC never previously visited the state and why politicians eventually wised up and passed legislation to regulate the sport.

Coincidentally, MMA regulation also officially began in Hawaii today, though the state demands so many fees and taxes from promoters that it’s unlikely the UFC will ever host an event there. Efforts to regulate MMA are currently taking place in Maine, South Carolina, Massachusetts, and of course, New York. For an overview of MMA regulation across the country, click here.

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EzMoNeY- July 2, 2009 at 12:16 pm
for sure jugger, the cameraman really shit the bed on this one, his thought process was, better just zoom right past those two hot blondes so i get the close up on the excon
Jugger- July 2, 2009 at 6:35 am
Clyde- July 2, 2009 at 5:12 am
I've been waiting patiently for Blevins to get his UFC shot in his home town. Long overdue if you ask me.
Sheps- July 1, 2009 at 8:46 pm
@ Junk Puncher.

God damn funniest thing I've read on this entire site, damn hilarious. I'd have to agree there is a good chance Swedish does rock a man purse if not a full on purse.
JiMMA- July 1, 2009 at 8:35 pm
It is crazy to me that MMA isn't regulated in New England yet!

Man I just can not wait to see an event go down in the 'Garden'!
Bob Reilly- July 1, 2009 at 7:05 pm
I think we should send all the criminals of mma to Australia. Thats a good spot for criminals.
Junk Puncher- July 1, 2009 at 4:09 pm
Hey Swedish, be sure to stop by my trailer park so me and my redneck buddies can beat the crap outta you before stealing your wallet to get more crack. That is, if you carry a wallet and not a purse.

This HOOSIER is rejoicing that we're finally legal. Woo-hoo!
831 Son- July 1, 2009 at 2:56 pm
Yea and that is some bammer crack.
EzMoNeY- July 1, 2009 at 2:55 pm
its a reference to risk dumbfuck, god, play a board game once in a while lol
Swedish- July 1, 2009 at 2:38 pm
by that I mean people like Polish. They are more focused on buying crack than buying UFC tickets.

The most the can afford is $5/rock
Polish- July 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm
Awesome, hopefully they have a UFC here soon. Oh wait I wouldn't go anyway because ticket prices are fucking outrageous.

Sheps- July 1, 2009 at 2:27 pm
because guys like NY politican Bob Reilly really care about what goes on in Australia right? Weirdest comment yet.
Swedish- July 1, 2009 at 2:26 pm
not sure how lucrative Indiana is... I've visited and it's a shit hole filled with white trash and hoodlums
EzMoNeY- July 1, 2009 at 2:22 pm
i think as soon as mma sanctioning gets a stronghold in Australia, then basically it will be game over for the bob reilly's of the world
BuckWild- July 1, 2009 at 2:18 pm
Sweet I hope the UFC is down with the 317 so I wont have to travel out of state!
831 Son- July 1, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Looks like a pedophile and is indeed a pedophile. What a nasty fag. Id be checkin out those bitches ass's, not looking at a 9 year old boy ahead.
Sheps- July 1, 2009 at 2:14 pm
Lmao at the Scott Blevins comment. Poor old Lionheart!
Bob Reilly- July 1, 2009 at 2:09 pm