Wyoming sanctions Mixed Martial Ats, implements MMA-Only CommissionPosted on March 12, 2012, 01:12 PM by Joey Santosus
Mixed martial arts reached yet another benchmark last week when Wyoming became the 46th state to sanction the sport.
House Bill 87 was unanimously approved by the state's Senate and House of Representatives, and was signed into law on Thursday, March 8th.
While MMA was not illegal in Wyoming prior to the bill, match-ups contested within the state's boundaries were not recognized by outside commissions, and therefore were not reflected on a fighter's professional record. With sanctioning now in place, known competitors such as Nate Marquardt and Justin Salas may one day compete on home soil.
Also included in the bill is an unprecedented move by Wyoming, as they will now become the first state to implement an MMA-only commission. Unlike other states currently sanctioning the sport, Wyoming has no existing athletic or boxing commission to assume the duties of regulating MMA. As a result, three members will be appointed for this sole purpose, and will begin functioning officially on July 1st.
With "The Cowboy State" now joining the majority of the U.S. in sanctioning mixed martial arts, the sport remains unregulated and/or illegal in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Alaska.