HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Mixed martial arts competitions could soon be hosted across Connecticut after the General Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to lift a ban on the sport.
The measure passed the Senate 26-9, following approval in the House of Representatives last month. The bill must still be signed by Gov. Dannel Malloy, who hasn’t taken a position on it. New York is the only other state in the country where professional MMA matches are banned.
Though some matches are currently permitted at Connecticut’s Indian-run casinos, national promoters and venues in Hartford and Bridgeport have campaigned for years to host the fights. They say the competitions would create jobs and generate millions of dollars in revenues.