A pair of bills submitted to the 131st Legislature this year would bring competitive kickboxing and other martial arts events to the state of Maine.
The Combat Sports Authority of Maine (CSAM) was established by the Legislature in June 2009, and it was five years later in 2014 that the UFC held their first event in the northeasternmost U.S. state.
According to its website, the authority’s mission is “to ensure that all Mixed Martial Arts and Professional Boxing exhibitions, events, performances and contests are subject to an effective, safe and efficient system of strict control and regulation.”
Recently, Rep. Amanda Collamore (R-Pittsfield), introduced a bill that would legalize competitive kickboxing and Muay Thai.
Senate President Troy Jackson (D-Aroostook) introduced a second proposal that would allow the Combat Sports Authority of Maine to sanction kick boxing matches.
As of press time, the two proposals have yet to pass.
The next Combat Sports Authority of Maine meeting will be held on Monday, February 5.
Current Board Members
Chairman Billy Bouffard
Treasurer Chris Guild
Secretary Misty Guild
Complaint Officer Steven Wallace
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