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Mixed martial arts legalized in Conn.

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Mixed martial arts matches will soon be allowed in Connecticut venues. Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed a bill into law Thursday that lifts the state’s ban on MMA starting Oct. 1. On Twitter, House Speaker Brendan Sharkey congratulated fans of the sport and said the legislation ‘‘will be good for the economy, too.’’ But some promoters have voiced concern about a provision included in Connecticut’s legislation that makes them liable for health care costs associated with fighters’ injuries, questioning whether they willl come to the state. Matches are currently permitted at Connecticut’s Indian-run casinos, but illegal in the rest of the state.

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