Mixed martial arts fans in West Virginia have cause for celebration today as the state becomes the 45th to announce that the sport is now legal there.
“We’ve worked hard to get this sport regulated all over the world, particularly in the United States,” UFC President Dana White said in a press release to announce the news. “I’m really excited to see the sport regulated in West Virginia and look forward to one day bringing a UFC event there.”
With the state on-board the UFC now requires just three more for a clean-sweep. Those still left on the table are Vermont, Conneticut and most notoriously New York, while both Alaska and Wyoming are current off the table as they don’t have sufficient regulatory bodies to hold an MMA event.
Today’s news was gratefully received by one UFC fighter in particular – former WEC Bantamweight champion Brian Bowles who hails from the state.
“All of my friends and family in West Virginia always ask when they’re going to get to see me fight in my home state,” he said. “Now that the sport is regulated there, I am excited to know that I could one day compete in the Octagon in West Virginia.”