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SBD/March 25, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
UFC's Debut In Toronto Could Pave Way For Bigger Events, Perhaps In N.Y.
Published March 25, 2011
A FIGHTING CHANCE: The West Virginia Legislature Thursday passed a bill regulating MMA, becoming the 45th state to approve the sport. Only New York, Vermont and Connecticut remain unregulated, while Alaska and Wyoming lack the necessary regulatory bodies to oversee the sport (UFC). SHERDOG.com’s Tristen Critchfield noted the West Virginia athletic commission “must write the rules and regulations” before the bill is processed again through the Legislature, meaning that spring ’12 is “likely the earliest that a local fight card could take place.” The UFC “will wait until all the proper parameters are set” (SHERDOG.com, 3/24).