Congressional Hearing on MMA set for next week

November 3, 2017

There will be a Congressional Hearing on Mixed Martial Arts on Thursday, November 9th.  The subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection will hear testimony from Randy Couture, the UFC’s Marc Ratner and the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Athletic Commission Greg Sirb.

Entitled, “Perspectives on Mixed Martial Arts,” it appears the hearing will discuss the Expansion of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act.

You may recall last December, Couture and others testified at a similar subcommittee hearing which served as a general primer on the issues in mixed martial arts although it did not discuss in detail the legislation proposed by Markwayne Mullin.  Since then, the bill has secured more co-sponsors in support.

Payout Perspective:

Another hearing on MMA, and this time directed to the Ali Act Expansion.  It will be interesting to see the amount of education/information that the testimony will provide.  Moreover, how much will the subcommittees know about the sport and what the law will be applied.  Well, will the people testifying know what the expansion will do.  With the talk about the UFC expanding into boxing (which is a question I hope will come up), we will see the pros and cons of the expansion.

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