Military Exception Allows End-Around on MMA Ban

October 17, 2008

While there are high profile parties at the 40-40 club, and marketing campaigns brought to bear when a high value target is listed for regulation of MMA, there are still many areas in the country that are struggling for regulation in darkness.

The folks down in South Carolina are but one example, as there is still a ban on MMA in the state. Being the crafty lot they are, promoters have found an exception in the laws in order to offer MMA in South Carolina:

A mixed martial arts competition this weekend at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island will give event promoters a chance to showcase their sport and legally hold their event in South Carolina. By holding the event on federal property, promoters are exempt from a state law that prohibits MMA events.

“Since we’re having it on base, we’re federally regulated and not subject to those laws, so it’s like killing two birds with one stone,” said Rico White, ICF president and CEO. “We want to show everyone that we put on a good presentation and handle ourselves with professionalism.”

South Carolina outlawed mixed martial arts in 2003 and prohibits the S.C. State Athletic Commission from issuing permits to promoters or athletes to participate in mixed martial arts competitions similar to those given to those promoting boxing and kickboxing matches. There is no such federal ban.

The company looks to make the military exemption the basis of their niche in the combat sports market, as they have scheduled future cards in at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., as well as the Army’s Fort Jackson in Columbia, SC.

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