ON January 1st 2024, California will become the first state in the U.S. to create a pension fund for mixed martial arts fighters.
California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 1136 into law to create the pension fund.
An MMA fighter needs to accrue 39 rounds of fighting, with most fights going 3 rounds. Championship fights last 5 rounds. But knockouts can occur in an instant.
It would take most fighters 12 to 14 fights to get up to 39 total rounds in the octagon.
Many retired fighters age 50 and older are eligible for the pension.
Photo: Empty mixed martial arts fighting cage, inside an arena under the lights.
Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR