West Virginia putting down new rules for amateur MMA

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia is poised to put new rules into effect governing mixed martial arts for both professionals and recently legalized fights for amateurs.

The detailed regulations, subject to review starting Sunday by lawmakers, prohibit fighters under age 18 and require blood tests for both pros and amateurs.

They set insurance minimums and professional licensing fees and require doctors at the cage matches.

Amateurs can turn pro after four matches where they show they can compete.

The state legalized pro fights with the mix of punching, kicking and grappling in 2011.

Last year, lawmakers and the governor added amendments that lifted a state ban on amateur fights.

The State Athletic Commission's regulations to codify those changes in the law and rule revisions are set for review Sunday by a legislative committee.

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