Welp, it's begun. Just as I predicted:
Earlier Tuesday, state Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) said they are considering state regulation of kickboxing. The state regulates boxing and mixed martial arts, a combination of many combat sports, but the similar sport of kickboxing is not regulated.
Kleefisch, a co-sponsor of the bill that regulated MMA, is studying the issue and considering whether something can be done in the next legislative session, according to spokeswoman Vanessa Morrone.
Hansen, who was author of the bill, said he doesn't recall discussion of including kickboxing but said it makes sense to consider it.
MMA was regulated in Wisconsin in part because it would bring Ultimate Fighting Championship events to the state and to increase safety, Hansen said.
"There were no rules to protect fighters or hold the promoter accountable," Hansen said. "I think we definitely should look at extending our protection to kickboxing."
The unregulated event where Munson died included some safeguards in Wisconsin's MMA law, such as a ringside doctor and paramedics. But missing were the state commissioner and his inspectors, who oversee the fights.