House Goes on Break Without Finished Mixed Martial Arts Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Michigan House is starting a two-week break without acting on legislation that would impose regulations on amateur mixed martial arts events in the state.
The House had been expected to vote on the bills Thursday. Currently, only professional mixed martial arts shows are regulated.
Democratic Rep. Harvey Santana of Detroit says the lack of rules in amateur shows puts fighters at risk for injury and disease.
The legislation would require amateur fighters to submit blood tests to prevent spread of blood borne illnesses. It would also require promoters to provide fight insurance to competitors.
Mixed martial arts fighters use a variety of techniques including wrestling, boxing and jiu-jitsu.
If the House passes the bills later, they'll go to the Senate for consideration.

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