Article

West Virginia to Regulate MMA

WEST VIRGINIA TO REGULATE MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

45 out of 48 States in U.S. with Regulatory Bodies Now Overseeing the Fastest-Growing Sport in the World
A bill to regulate mixed martial arts recently passed through the West Virginia Legislature, making the state the 45th in the U.S. to approve the rapidly-growing sport. Today, officials at the Ultimate Fighting Championship® expressed their gratitude to local lawmakers who helped clear the way for mixed martial arts in “The Mountain State.”

“We’ve worked hard to get this sport regulated all over the world, particularly in the United States,” UFC President Dana White said. “I’m really excited to see the sport regulated in West Virginia and look forward to one day bringing a UFC event there.”

The UFC has led the way in helping the sport of mixed martial arts gain regulation in the U.S. Only New York, Vermont and Connecticut remain unregulated, while Alaska and Wyoming lack the necessary regulatory bodies to oversee the sport.

For UFC stars like former bantamweight champion Brian Bowles, who was born in Charleston, W.V., the news was met with excitement.

“All of my friends and family in West Virginia always ask when they’re going to get to see me fight in my home state,” Bowles said. “Now that the sport is regulated there, I am excited to know that I could one day compete in the Octagon in West Virginia.”

For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com. 

Watch Past Fights

Sunday, May 29
9PM/6PM
ETPT
Las Vegas, Nevada

Media

Recent
Fight Night Las Vegas is this Sunday on FS1 with bantamweights Thomas Almeida and Cody Garbrandt headlining the event. UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles is here to preview some of the best under-the-radar fights on the card.
24-May-2016
In Dominick Cruz's return to the Octagon he took back the bantamweight title for TJ Dillashaw. Watch Cruz defend his belt against Urijah Faber at UFC 199 on Saturday, June 4 live on Pay-Per-View.
23-May-2016
Michael Bisping won the biggest fight of his career when he defeated Anderson Silva in front of his home crowd in London, England this past February. Watch Bisping fight for the belt at UFC 199 against Luke Rockhold on June 4.
20-May-2016
Re-watch the thrilling fight from UFC 194 when Luke Rockhold took the middleweight belt from Chris Weidman. Don't miss Rockhold defend his belt against Michael Bisping at UFC 199 on June 4 from Los Angeles.
23-May-2016