Connecticut House Bill 5277, which would legalize mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting in the Nutmeg State, passed through the Connecticut General Assembly’s House of Representatives and will now be considered by the Senate.
Regarding the bill, House speaker J. Brendan Sharkey said:
“We’re one of only two states in the country that does not regulate the sport, so I think we’re very much out of step where the rest of the country is on this.”
According to Hartford Courant reporters Daniela Altimari and Christopher Keating, one of the driving forces behind the bill is economic:
Ultimate Fighting Championship, a Las Vegas-based company that promotes most of the top-ranked MMA matches, said MMA would pump millions of dollars into the state’s economy through a 5 percent tax on all gate receipts. A single event at the XL Center could bring in as much as $350,000, the venue estimated.