The Combat in the Cage promotion had been advertising a possible “Philadelphia vs. The World” MMA show at the Armory in Northeast Philadelphia on June 14. However, FiveOuncesOfPain.com (www.FiveOuncesOfPain.com) has learned that a sanctioned MMA show will not be able to take place in Pennsylvania on that date.
ProElite.com contacted the executive director of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, Greg Sirb, who indicated that while the regulation needed to sanction MMA in the state has been written, it has yet to be approved by both the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and State Senate.
While the legalization of MMA was passed by the state of Pennsylvania in 2007, the actual legislation had to be written and the written set of rules now must be passed. Sirb indicated that he believes that barring a hitch that the rules could be voted on and approved by the end of the summer. When asked when he thought the first sanctioned MMA show in PA could take place, Sirb estimated that the earliest date could be sometime in the fall.