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Mixed martial arts fighting now allowed in NC

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Mixed martial arts fighting, some may know it as ultimate fighting, is now allowed in our state for the first time in 12 years. The fights have been outlawed in North Carolina since 1995, but last Friday Gov. Easley passed a law that allows mixed martial arts fighting events in our state. The fighting rules have been revised for the fighter's safety. There is now a weight class for the fighters and time limits on the event. Knees to the head while the fighter is on the ground and head butts are not allowed. Mixed martial arts fighter Jeremy Owens said, "An athlete can tap out at any time ending the fight. The referee can stop the fight at any time. There is no standing eight count and it makes it safer for the fighters." Even with the new safety regulations some people think it is too violent.

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