As first reported by the Billings Gazette, legislation that will see the implementation of a regulatory body specifically for MMA was made law this week by Governor Matt Mead. Though MMA was not illegal in the state, it was not regulated, making any events held in Wyoming unofficial.
The state had attempted for some time to re-institute the office of state boxing commissioner in order to regulate MMA, but were continually stymied by the boxing industry. To circumvent their opposition, Wyoming instituted the country’s first MMA-specific regulatory body.
The hope for passing this legislation is that MMA fighters in the state of Wyoming will be kept safer and that the state will now attract high-profile MMA promotions — specifically the UFC.
The UFC has not been to Wyoming under Zuffa control, but UFC 6: Clash of the Titans — which took place in 1995 — was held at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyoming.