Wyoming last Thursday became the latest state (the 45th) in the U.S. to sanction mixed martial arts.

In doing so, it will also become the first to have a board that governs MMA separately from other sports.

Governor Matt Mead signed HB0087, introduced by State Representative Bryan Pederson, into law last Thursday, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.

The legislation takes effect July 1, forming a three-member board appointed by the governor. That board will then work to come up with a set of rules and regulations to govern mixed martial arts competitions in the state.

The MMA board, according to the Star-Tribune, will be paid for by a five percent fee imposed upon gross receipts from each MMA event in the state.

MMA was not previously outlawed in Wyoming, but it was unregulated.

There are several smaller events in the state that will likely have a difficult time absorbing such a fee, but sanctioning will also open up the state to try and attract promotions like the UFC, who will not operate in states that do not sanction the sport.

Wyoming isn’t likely to land a full-on UFC pay-per-view event, but could be ripe for a smaller Fight Night event on Fuel TV or FX.

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