HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania will allow mixed martial arts events after state officials wrote new safety regulations.
The sport combines elements of karate, judo, ju-jitsu and kickboxing. Proponents say mixed martial arts has evolved from its no-holds-barred past.
States including New Jersey, Ohio and Maryland already permit it. Pennsylvania expects to regulate four to five events a month. Promoters and fighters must be licenced and insured. Fighters also must take a pre-fight physical and emergency personnel must be at ringside at all times.
Ultimate Fighting Championship is the biggest name in mixed martial arts.