On Thursday, Governor Jim Doyle signed Senate Bill 290 to officially regulate Mixed Martial Arts in the state of Wisconsin. The bill was supported by State Senator Dave Hansen (Green Bay) and State Representative Pedro Colon (Milwaukee) with that hopes that regular MMA events in the state would help boost the states economy.
The bill states that fighters must have adequate health insurance, pre and post fight exams, regular physicals, and drug testing. Promoters are now required to be licensed which has led to some promoters coming out against the regulation.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Mark Ratner was in attendance to see the bill and has stated that the UFC will start holding events in Milwaukee, Madison, and Green Bay starting at the end of the year.
Ben Rothwell, Patrick Barry, Eric Schafer, and Alan Belcher all train in Wisconsin at Roufusport, one of the state’s top MMA teams.
Credit: WI Combat Sports