And you think the best fights are at City Council meetings. Forget that, mixed martial arts and professional boxing are coming soon to the Webster Bank Arena. For some, MMA is a bloody kick in the teeth, but other legislators argue it’s a kick start to the local economy.
Bridgeport State House members Chris Rosario and Ezequiel Santiago championed Tuesday’s legislative approval that is expected to be signed by Governor Dan Malloy.
House Bill #6266 establishes regulations to allow MMA and boxing matches in the state and exempts such events from the admissions tax and eliminating a tax paid by promoters. It also requires promoters to provide insurance to competitors.
“I would like to thank my colleagues in the Senate for supporting the passage of this legislation that will help to generate much-needed revenue to Bridgeport and the state,” Rosario said in a statement. “I look forward to the governor’s signing the bill into law and for our great city to take full advantage of this opportunity.”
“I couldn’t be more pleased with this culmination of many hours of hard work,” said Santiago whose district includes the Webster Bank Arena. “Bridgeport’s economy will most definitely be enhanced by events that will be enabled through this legislation.”
State Senator Ed Gomes voted yes, State Senator Marilyn Moore voted no.
Senate vote here.
House vote here.