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Washington State Proposes New Rules Regarding Chest Protectors, Pregnancy Tests for Women’s MMA

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Washington State’s Department of Licensing is weighing proposed new rules that could change the landscape women’s MMA.

On Tuesday, government officials from Washington State will decide whether female combatants will be required to wear a chest protector when participating in professional mixed martial arts events.

The proposed new section for WAC-36-14-1060 also includes a rule that says female fighters will have to provide a negative pregnancy test seven days before fight day.

NEW SECTION

             WAC 36-14-1060 Participants.

(2) Participants shall compete in mixed martial arts shorts, biking shorts, or kick-boxing shorts, groin protector (males only), chest protector (females only), and a custom-made individually fitted mouthpiece. Shoes, gis, shirts, and jewelry or piercing accessories are prohibited during competition.

(3) All female participants must provide a negative pregnancy test within seven days prior to each contest.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has rules in place about females having to wear a chest protector, but left it up to the states to decide what is acceptable protection. There are currently no UFC rules regarding pregnancy tests. Now, Washington will look to make chest protection mandatory for all female participants of mixed martial arts.

Scifighting.com will have news on the ruling once more information becomes available.