Mixed martial arts – next big athletic entertainment, or brutality disguised as sport?

Posted March 30, 2009, at 4:58 p.m.

A legislative committee voted to support a bill that would allow professional mixed martial arts in Maine. Is the sport, described as full contact combat with kicking and punching, a legitimate recreational outlet and entertainment? Or should it be banned in Maine before someone gets hurt, or young people begin practicing it on their own?