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The Fight Continues

The corner has definitely been turned when it comes to Mixed Martial Arts gaining recognition as a sport rather than barbaric human cock fighting. But that does not mean that MMA’s bad reputation is a thing of the past.

The Herald Sun reports from Victoria Australia:


Fighters kick up a fuss

Jon Anderson

and Danny Buttler

25oct03

“ULTIMATE fighting” bouts in Melbourne next month have been branded dangerous and barbaric.

The Australian Medical Association yesterday said the fights — which pit karate experts, boxers and wrestlers against each other — could result in brain damage or other serious injury.

But organisers, boxing authorities and the State Government defended the combat sport, claiming rule modifications make it no more dangerous than regular boxing or martial-arts contests.

All 500 tickets to the Ultimate Fight Club at the Powerhouse function centre on November 13 have been sold at a hefty $95 each.

AMA Victoria vice-president Chris Merry said ultimate fighting was barbaric and eventually someone would be badly hurt.

“It’s an unnecessary and excessively violent event,” he said.

“We’re not going to call on the boxing association to ban it, because that’s not going to happen. But we are certainly opposed to this type of event going ahead.

“It’s probably only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured.”

Ultimate fighting is a modified version of the “fight club” bouts banned in the US in the 1990s.

Melbourne promoter Joe Cursio defended the sport.

“Fights can be stopped by knockout or TKO, but the reality is most end when a fighter is taken to the ground and put in a position where they submit,” he said.

The good news from this article? The local government is defending MMA, the medical association thinks that it is useless to call on the sport to be banned and the promoter sold out all 500 tickets at $95 a pop.

Nevertheless, the sport’s fight for acceptance continues.

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