UFC Rules Coming to Arizona

Legislators approve cage-fighting bill
Scott Wong
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 22, 2008 12:00 AM

State lawmakers on Monday gave their final blessing to a bill that would allow promoters to host a more violent brand of cage fighting in Arizona, such as the popular Ultimate Fighting Championship contests seen on Spike TV.

"Rage in the Cage" events have been held in the state for years, but current rules bar fighters from elbowing, kneeing an opponent in the face or striking a grounded opponent with a closed fist.

House Bill 2834 sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Paton, R-Tucson, would relax some of those rules but require stricter regulations when it comes to licensing, insurance, and medical evaluations and aid. The legislation calls for the Arizona State Boxing Commission to adopt mixed-martial-arts rules that are used in New Jersey, Nevada and other states.

The Senate passed the bill on a 21-8 vote on Monday.

It now heads to Gov. Janet Napolitano for her signature.

So we are getting close to being able to have WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner defend his title in his home state. WooHoo!!

They should have asked for head-butts too.

Well if they did that then Mark Coleman would be primed to make a comeback.