The Severna Park Fitness and Health Blog reports that Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed a new law adding mixed martial arts to the list of sports regulated by the Maryland State Athletic Commission, effective October 1, 2008. A lot of mixed martial arts competitors at Club One Fitness were required to fight in other states where bouts were sanctioned. Next year, Maryland will have its own sanctioned fights.
Also sometimes called Ultimate Fighting Championship fighting, mixed martial arts are all the rage now. Maryland now must get rules in place to keep mixed martial arts competitions fair and safe. Maryland state regulators say we can expect sanctioned mixed martial arts bouts in Maryland sometime in 2009.