LANSING (AP) – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills regulating mixed martial arts bouts between amateur fighters.

Snyder says in a news release that as participation in martial arts competition has grown it has become important to protect the health and safety of amateur participants.

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The main law regulates amateur mixed martial arts contests like professional mixed martial arts fights and boxing. Licensing fees are assessed on contestants, promoters, judges, referees and others.

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Amateur athletes will compete in weight classes, with drug testing required, as well as a doctor and ambulance onsite.

One of the laws makes it a felony crime for a fight promoter to allow a boxing or MMA professional to participate in a fight with an amateur fighter.

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