It’s been a controversial topic in the city ever since a series of “cage matches” were held back in the early 2000’s. That led to passage of the ban — because that’s about all they could do — on events in public buildings.
What that effectively did, though, is prevent having larger scale, legitimate events in the city as the sport matured. Today, MMA is pretty mainstream. The state will regulate it more heavily beginning this summer so maybe it’s time to reconsider.
We’ll talk about that today on 100 Eyes live at 3 p.m.
Argus Leader reporter Terry Vandrovec did a series on MMA in the region last summer. That series detailed some of the successes that local fighters are having on the regional and national stage. But it’s not widely known because there aren’t any events here.