Mixed Martial Arts Legal In California
Mixed Martial Arts Legal in California
By Loretta Hunt
For all intents and purposes, the wait is over. As of 4:16 pm yesterday, the sport of mixed martial arts became legal in California when the Secretary of State stamped approval for a set of regulations overseeing the sport in the Golden State. Following a standard 30-day period, MMA regulations will go into effect on December 28th.
"No public comment would have an impact on the regulations during this administrative procedures period," a staff counsel representative for the Office of Administrative Law stated this morning, solidifying the fact the rules have passed their final step of scrutiny.
Somewhat comparable to the Unified Rules of Combat currently recognized by various regulatory bodies from coast to coast, including the New Jersey Athletic Control Board and the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the Golden State’s version does have its own unique variations. Currently, MMA events can only be held in a cage (the Commission opted to not allow a ring for contests at an August 30th meeting), while verbiage makes reference to the tournament format in which a fighter may compete more than once in a night. The California State Athletic Commission has already publicly acknowledged that the regulations, first drafted in 2001, could potentially be amended and tweaked in the coming new year.
CSAC Executive Director Armando Garcia was initially unavailable for comment regarding his agency’s protocol for beginning the licensing of promoters, officials, and competitors, but made his intentions known to speak with FCF shortly.
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Emotions Run High as
Jungle Fight 5 Delivers
By Eduardo Alonso
This could be likely one of the toughest times for a promoter to hold and MMA event in Brazil in recent years, with so many international shows gathering most of the best fighters in the country on their cards. However, promoter Wallid Ismail managed to deliver one more time in the fifth edition of his Jungle Fight show, establishing it as the premier MMA event in Latin America nowadays, and surely one of the best in the world. Counting with famous names from our sport such as MMA legend Jose "Pele" Landi, submission wrestling star Alexandre "Cacareco" Ferreira, Pancrase and Cage Rage veteran Evangelista "Cyborg" Santos, Jiu-Jitsu icon Fredson Paixao, and hot prospects Edson Drago, Luciano Azevedo, Jose Aldo and Russian Alexander Shlemenko among others, Jungle Fight 5 had a solid card on paper, and proved to be exciting after the main event was finished. Even some problems like last minute injuries from American Mark Sursa, and local hero Leopoldo Montenegro didn’t faze the show, as replacements were found right away.
UKMMAC 13 – The Warriors Return
Circus Tavern – Essex, England – November 27, 2005
Results by David West
Beset by last minute drop-outs, the thirteenth show from the UK Mixed Martial Arts Championships still packed plenty of action into eight bouts, with four professional contests and four amateur matches. Martin Hills claimed the Vacant Amateur British Lightweight Title in a great back-and-forth brawl with Graham Cooke. James Evans-Nicolle completed the first defense of his World Middleweight Title against tough challenger Rafael Silva from Portugal. Silva had good wrestling and gave the champion trouble early in the first round when he took his back, but Evans-Nicolle escaped back to his feet and took the fight to Silva. In the third round Evans-Nicolle took mount and blasted Silva with more than ten elbow strikes to the face, opening up a deep gash on Silva’s left eyebrow, forcing the ref to stop the contest.