Thursday, Aug 28, 2003
Ultimate Fighting Championship Appears Before California Legislative Informational Hearing, Aug. 27, In Sacramento
ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARS BEFORE CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE INFORMATIONAL HEARING, AUG. 27, IN SACRAMENTO
UFC Representatives, State Athletic Commission Make Presentation to Lawmakers
LAS VEGAS, NEV., August 28, 2003….Representatives of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) were invited, along with Rob Lynch, executive director of the California State Athletic Commission, August 27, to present information about mixed martial arts to California lawmakers at an informational hearing of the California Legislature in Sacramento, Calif.
Kirk Hendrick, the UFC’s chief operating officer; Randy Couture, the current interim light heavyweight champion and John McCarthy, a California resident who has refereed over 500 MMA fights, updated members of the Assembly Committee on Arts, Entertainment, Sports, Tourism and Internet Media, chaired by Assemblymember Rebecca Cohn, about the rising popularity of the sport. Hendrick followed with a presentation about the possible economic impact of MMA on state revenues and Lynch explained what the Commission’s role would be in regulating MMA. The committee also heard testimony from Dr. Van Buren Lemons, a California neurosurgeon, about the health and safety impact for fighters and Karen Chappelle, a deputy from the California attorney general’s office, told the committee about other states’ regulation of MMA.
"It was an excellent meeting," Hendrick said. "While it was an informational meeting with no vote on any issues, the committee members were very receptive to the sport and understood our position that the health and safety of athletes must be the paramount goal of any professional sport. We will continue to work with the Legislature and the Athletic Commission to bring sanctioned Ultimate Fighting Championship events to California."
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s premier mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iNDemand, DirecTV, Dish Network, TVN, Echostar, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil, Main Event Television in Australia and Sky Network Television in New Zealand. Zuffa, LLC licenses the distribution of UFC video games through Crave Entertainment and TDK Mediactive.
The UFC’s next live PPV event will be UFC 44: Undisputed at 10 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 26, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
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