Wyoming becomes first state in nation with a mixed martial arts board
CHEYENNE, Wyoming: When Governor Matt Mead signed HB0087 into law on Thursday, March 8, Wyoming became the first and only state in the country to have a state run mixed martial arts board. The law creates a three member regulatory body with the purpose of overseeing the sport in the state, an effort which lawmakers hope will make the sport safer, as well as, bring big name fights to the state. However, some in the business are skeptical of the new regulations, fearing that such a thing will drive out existing martial arts event organizers who would have to pay an additional fee to continue to operate.
Before last week, Wyoming was one of only 6 states that had no regulatory bodies operating within the state for mixed martial arts. This prompted state Representative Bryan Pedersen to sponsor the bill. According to Rep. Pedersen, he spoke with several fighters who complained that Wyoming's lack of regulation caused their fights in the state to not count towards their national records.