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West Valley City looks at mixed martial arts rules



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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) -- The West Valley City Council plans to hold a public hearing on whether to put restrictions on mixed martial arts events held in the city.

The regulations could include limiting unarmed-combat matches to facilities that have permanent and fixed seating.

The city planning commission also has recommended that city leaders restrict the fights to venues that can hold more than 2,000 people.

Staff reports say the city has seen an increase in requests to hold ultimate fighting-type events and has looked at the guidelines as a way to ensure safety for competitors and spectators.

The council is holding a hearing on possible guidelines on Tuesday.

The Pete Suazo Utah Athletic Commission regulates mixed martial arts combat, including requirements that fighters be licensed.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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