Add Florida to the list of states jumping on the MMA bandwagon.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Sunshine State is on board to santion amateur mixed martial arts at the start of the new year.
"This is absolutely groundbreaking," said John Morrison, Florida State Director for ISKA, the sole sanctioning organization designated to regulate amateur events.
Morrison, as well as other top officials, including the UFC's Troy Waugh, hosted the first judging and officials seminar to train the sport's judges, timekeepers, scorekeepers and locker-room inspectors. The four-hour seminar drew nearly 60 participants, with notables Din Thomas, an American Top Team fighter; Bonny Canino, the boxing trainer and Hall of Famer; and trainer Yvonne Reis in attendance.
If all goes as planned with the new law, the first sanctioned event will likely be Warriors Collide 7 on Jan. 24 at War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.
- Sanctioning coming to MMA (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)