Today was a victory for fans and the UFC directorate in Boston, Massachusetts.
Governor Deval Patrick, after two years of legal wrangling, signed into law the legalization of mixed martial arts in the American state.
Vice-President of government issues at the UFC Marc Ratner stated to the Boston Herald newspaper that he was very pleased with the decision, and is already thinking of an August or July 2010 date for an event in Boston, one of the noblest cities in the country. According to the paper, MMA is now legal in 42 American states.
Further news related to the sport in the USA has to do with banned substances.
In a bulletin released by the California State Athletic Commission, fighters who test positive for tetrahidrocanabinol, the main active chemical in marijuana, will be punished. Punishment already existed in part, but now even athletes who use the substance medicinally will be suspended.
According to the California State Athletic Commission, taking into account article 303, it maintains the right to punish any fighter caught for drug use.