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West Virginia Becomes 45th State to Regulate MMA

Brian BowlesWest Virginia has become the 45th state in the U.S. to regulate mixed martial arts after the state’s legislature recently passed a bill to officially approve the sport.

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

Only New York, Vermont, and Connecticut remain unregulated, while Alaska and Wyoming lack regulatory bodies to oversee events.

“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,” UFC bantamweight and West Virginia native Bowles said in the release. “Now that the sport is regulated there, I am excited to know that I could one day compete in the Octagon in West Virginia.”

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