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VCURamFan 02-27-2013 04:15 PM

SD Senator seeks to ban MMA, calls it 'child porn of sports'


outh Dakota is one of the last remaining states that does not regulate mixed martial arts. Like Montana and Alaska it's a state with no athletic commission rather than a state with an explicit MMA ban. All of that may change very soon.

First there's an effort led by state senator Mark Johnston to create a commission to regulate boxing and MMA. The Argus Leader reports:
Sen. Mark Johnston, R-Sioux Falls, and others support creating a South Dakota Athletic Commission that would regulate sports such as boxing, kick-boxing and mixed martial arts. South Dakota has no such commission, meaning those events either avoid the state or happen without oversight.

The result, Johnston argues, is people getting hurt or even killed fighting in unsanctioned bouts. The athletic commission created in Senate Bill 84 would be able to create rules.
Unfortunately, there's opposition, including from the Governor:
But Gov. Dennis Daugaard and others say the athletic commission would legitimize these violent sports and lead to more, not fewer, people getting hurt.

"I'm offended that the state would legitimize cage-fighting and the bloody violence that those kinds of spectacles create," Daugaard said in January. "I think it's interesting that we declare that it is a crime for one human being to strike another, and yet the state now proceeds to legitimize, and label a sport, cage-fighting."
But no one is going quite as overboard as Johnston's fellow Republican, state rep. Steve Hickey who penned the following in a blog post:
The conversation on violence in society has to start somewhere so why not with our most violent sport or form of entertainment? Decent and c