Pa. to allow mixed martial arts bouts


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Pennsylvania has joined the growing number of states to allow Mixed Martial Arts, or MMA, events within its borders.

The State Athletic Commission announced today it had adopted final regulations that will allow for the ulta-rough bouts popularized on cable sports networks to be held in the Keystone State.

Among other rules, fighters must be at least 18 years old, undergo a pre-fight physical (female fighters also have to take a pregnancy test before each bout), and prove each year that they have tested negative for HIV, Hepatitis C and B.

Officials expect that state will host four to five MMA events per month, which could generate as much as $80,000 a year in revenue for the commission, which is a self-supporting agency that receives no state tax dollars.

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