Thursday, December 2, 2021

The UFC Could Be On It's Way To Maine Very Soon

From The Bangor Daily News

AUGUSTA, Maine – Legislation that would allow mixed martial arts fights in Maine has received all but final approval from lawmakers, and Gov. John Baldacci says he will consider signing the measure after his administration opposed a similar bill earlier this year.

“The original bill had the Department [of Public Safety] regulating it, and there was just not the expertise and staff to handle it,” Baldacci said in an interview. “That is not what is called for now.”

The measure passed by the House and Senate is a different bill from that crafted by the Business, Research and Economic Development Committee. The new measure would establish the Mixed Martial Arts Authority of Maine to regulate and promote mixed martial arts competitions, exhibitions and events. The governor would appoint the five members to the authority.

“This legislation provides for the oversight of what is one of the fastest-growing sports,” said Rep. Matthew Petersen, D-Rumford, sponsor of the original bill. “Maine is missing out on a golden opportunity to bring in new revenues.”

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