Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Steve Hickey got housed by the House, as his precious MMA ban went up in smoke while a bill for regulation passed. Too bad, so sad, bye-bye.
While the battle rages on in New York, South Dakota just got one step closer to having a combat sports commission in place to regulate boxing, karate and mixed martial arts (MMA) events, despite vehement objections by Rep. Steve Hickey, R-Sioux Falls, who had the usual battle cry.
From the Argus Leader:
"Just the visceral perception from the average person is, this thing is violent. I just can't imagine us giving the green light to this and bringing in this industry."
The bad news for Hickey is the House passed it 50-20 and will now send it to Governor Dennis Daugaard for his signature. While the Gov'nuh is also anti-MMA, the bill cleared by a wide enough margin in both the House and the Senate to override his veto.
This is a good day for MMA, but let's not pop the bubbly until it's officially "official."