[§440E-22]  Wages of contestant; prepayment prohibited.  All moneys paid to a mixed martial arts contestant for services, as money prize, reward, compensation, or otherwise, shall be considered wages.  No contestant shall be paid for services before a mixed martial arts contest; provided that with the approval of the director, a promoter may advance sums of money for training purposes. [L 2007, c 279, pt of §1]