Victory is (almost) ours!
Thanks to Governor Matt Mead, who signed House Bill 87 into law last Thursday (March 8, 2012), the state of Wyoming has officially legalized the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA).
UFC.com has the details:
The bill, sponsored by Representative Bryan Pedersen, had been unanimously approved by both the state's Senate and House of Representatives.
The bill outlines the creation of a state mixed martial arts board to oversee and regulate MMA matches.
MMA was not previously illegal in Wyoming, but because it was unregulated, bouts held there were not recognized by other states or on fighters' official records.
Wyoming, home to professional fighters Nate Marquardt and Justin Salas, among others, leaves behind New York, Connecticut, Vermont and Montana as the last remaining athletic commissions who still don't sanction MMA.
Alaska doesn't either, but that's due to the fact they don't have a commission in place to regulate.
While getting the fight game legalized in Wyoming won't necessarily have the ZUFFA zealots racing to hold a major pay-per-view (PPV) event there, it does give the regional scene a credible outlet for developing and showcasing talent. It also helps legitimize the sport of MMA from a global perspective.
Pay attention, New York.