Conn. lawmakers to revisit mixed martial arts law

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are reviewing a law passed last year that allow mixed martial arts events in the state.

Leaders of the Public Safety Committee said Thursday that MMA promoters have complained the new law is functionally inoperable because it includes a provision that makes them liable for health care costs associated with fighters’ long-term injuries.

That provision was added to the law last year by Senate President Donald Williams Jr., who said the injuries incurred by athletes ought to be the responsibility of the promoters.

MMA is a form of fighting that features boxing, wrestling, taekwondo, judo and other disciplines.

Sen. Joan Hartley said there have been no sanctioned MMA events in Connecticut, except at the tribal casinos, since the law passed.

A bill was raised for consideration on Thursday.

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