Oregon recently passed a bill to allow the state to regulate and oversee mixed martial arts competitions in the state according to an Associated Press article. Events previously took place in state but the new bill includes medical stipulations and drug testing to ensure fair competition and the safety of participants. The state joins Pennsylvania, several Midwest states, and the District of Colombia as states allowing MMA events.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner had this to say about the UFC’s intentions of bringing an event to the Northwest:
“It is my fervent goal to bring the UFC to the Northwest and to the Rose Garden either at the end of this year or early next year. It’s a hot area for the sport.”
The Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Oregon can hold nearly 20,000 fans and will likely host a UFC PPV event in early 2008.