The Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to a bill that essentially clears the way for commercial mixed martial arts matches in the state by repealing some regulatory requirements.
House Bill 6266 eliminates a promoter's liability to pay the health care costs of MMA competitors. Instead, it would require promoters to provide liability insurance and death benefits, just as boxing promoters are required to do.
Supporters of the bill, which passed the Senate by a vote of 27 to 9, say it would clear the way for arenas in Bridgeport, Hartford and other cities to host MMA matches, providing an important economic development spark.
The mixed martial arts bill was...