§ 7. Authorization to conduct contests; sanctioning bodies.
(a) In order to conduct a professional contest, an amateur contest, or a combination
of both, in this State, a promoter shall obtain a permit issued by the Department
in accordance with this Act and the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto. This permit shall authorize one or more professional or amateur contests, or a combination
(b) Before January 1, 2023, amateur full-contact martial arts contests must be registered
and sanctioned by a sanctioning body approved by the Department for that purpose under
the requirements and standards stated in this Act and the rules adopted under this
(c) On and after January 1, 2023, a promoter for an amateur full-contact martial arts
contest shall obtain a permit issued by the Department under the requirements and
standards set forth in this Act and the rules adopted under this Act.
(d) On and after January 1, 2023, the Department shall not approve any sanctioning
body. A sanctioning body's approval by the Department that was received before January
1, 2023 is withdrawn on January 1, 2023.
(e) A permit issued under this Act is not transferable.
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