Mich. House to vote on mixed martial arts rules
Updated: Thursday, March 21 2013, 10:29 AM EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan House is gearing up to vote on legislation that would impose regulations on amateur mixed martial arts events in the state.
The House is expected to vote on the bills Thursday. Currently, only professional mixed martial arts shows are regulated.
Democratic Rep. Harvey Santana of Detroit says the lack of rules in amateur shows puts fighters at risk for injury and disease.
The legislation would require amateur fighters to submit blood tests before bouts to prevent the spread of blood borne illnesses. It would also require promoters to provide insurance for fighters at their events.
Mixed martial arts fighters use a variety of techniques including wrestling, boxing and jiu-jitsu.
If passed Thursday, the bills will be sent to the Senate for consideration.