A new bill has been proposed to legalize mixed martial arts in the
state of Connecticut.
Introduced by Sen. Andres Ayala and Rep. Charles D. Clemons, House
Bill No. 5277 aims to “legalize and regulate professional mixed
martial arts matches” and has been referred to the Joint Committee
on Public Safety and Security.
A similar bill was introduced in the state Senate last year (Bill
326), passing through several committees before Senate President
Donald Williams and Majority Leader Martin Looney declined to move
the bill forward for a Senate vote.
In order for H.B. No. 5277 to become law this year, it must first
pass through its own set of committees, at which point it must be
brought before the House of Representatives for a vote. If the
House passes the bill, the Senate must follow suit in order to send
the bill to the governor, would either veto the bill or sign it
Connecticut, which has proposed bills to legalize MMA over the past
several years, remains one of the few states in which the sport is
still illegal. Vermont recently became the 46th state with an
athletic commission to give MMA the green light, leaving
Connecticut, Montana and New York as the only states yet to pass
such legislation. Though MMA is legal in Alaska, the states lack a
regulatory body to oversee and regulate the sport.
Despite MMA’s unregulated status in Connecticut, matches have long
been held within the state’s borders at Native American-owned
casinos, such as Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. The
Ultimate Fighting Championship last visited the state in 2005,
Bellator Fighting Championships made its last appearance this