Fight Fans In France Soon Can See A Live Action The minister of sport Roxana Maracineanu announced on Monday that MMA would be legalized in the nation of France starting from Jan. 1, 2020. \u201cAs of January 1, 2020, MMA will officially exist as a professional and amateur sports practice in France within the framework of defined by in harmony with the international landscape of this discipline,\u201d Maracineanu wrote. https:\/\/twitter.com\/RoxaMaracineanu\/status\/1143158679027535874 Currently, the MMA is banned in the country, and it can only be overturned if the responsible party French athletic federations send the proposal by Sept. 27 and the final verdict will be made by December 31. UFC noted the news and promotion's senior executive vice president and chief operating officer Lawrence Epstein said they'll assist France in the process of legalization. \u201cUFC welcomes today\u2019s announcement by the Ministry of Sports, which is the first step in officially recognizing MMA and integrating the sport into the French sports ecosystem,\u201d Epstein said in a statement (h\/t ESPN). \u201cWe will closely follow the progress of the consultation period and pay particular attention to the respect of the integrity of MMA and preservation of its rules by the host federation. \u201cWe put our global MMA expertise at the disposal of the authorities to make this process a collective construction.\u201d There're notable MMA fighters who hail from France like Bellator, and UFC vet Cheick Kongo and heavyweight Francis Ngannou also started his MMA training in Paris reacted to the news. https:\/\/twitter.com\/francis_ngannou\/status\/1143375107244601344 Ngannou is currently slated to take on Junior dos Santos at UFC Minneapolis this weekend.