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WHAT'S THE PROCESS FOR AND COST OF GETTING LICENSED AS A FIGHTER FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MINNESOTA?
Getting licensed to fight in a regulated bout can be a very overwhelming experience for someone who is going through it for the first time. It can feel as if there's a million things to get done and all you want to do is focus on your fight. However, getting licensed is an important part of regulation and the process helps to ensure a fighter's health and safety.
Each regulatory body has the same general licensing requirements, but there can be some variations. In most cases, once you get licensed with one regulatory body, it becomes much easier to get licensed with others as we all work together and share information when a fighter gives us their blessing.
In Minnesota, you need to do the following to get licensed:
• Create an account at mncombativesports.com (one time only)
• Apply for your license (done on a yearly basis)
• Get a physical and neurological clearance from a physician (done on a yearly basis)
• Get a dilated eye exam clearance from an optometrist or ophthalmologist (done on a yearly basis)
• Get tested for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepititis C (done on a yearly basis)
• Apply for a MMA National ID (done every 4 years)
The main page of the Minnesota Office of Combative Sports website has documents you can view that outline the entire procedure and also has step-by-step instructions under the heading "MMA & Boxing Rules, Forms, Etc."
This section also includes the forms you will need to submit for your physical, neurological and eye clearances. If you choose to not use these forms you must make sure that