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Old 07-23-2013, 10:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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France Upholds Ban on Mixed Martial Arts

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Don’t expect to see the UFC in France any time soon, as the French Sports ministry has confirmed its ban on mixed martial arts, according to a report by ESPN.

They love the suffering of the cyclists in the Alps during the Tour de France, but not the fisticuffs between fighters in a cage.

The UFC has long been working towards holding an event in France, but they first have to overcome political hurdles that block MMA sanctioning in the country.

Mixed martial arts has been accepted, if not legalized, in most major markets around the globe, but there are still pockets of dissent. Surprisingly, New York is still a major holdout in the United States.

France has been on the UFC’s radar for global growth, but it looks like the country is going the New York route for the time being.

“The policy … has not changed and remains clear. The practice of MMA is not allowed and its events/shows are not permitted,” the French ministry confirmed in the ESPN report.

The ministry’s stance was welcomed by, Carole Bretteville, the presideof the Women’s Committee for Federation Francaise du Sport d’Entreprise.

“I was appalled to find out how UFC was lobbying in France, especially when (told) how UFC has tolerated derogatory statements and attitudes against women,” she said. “We cannot allow such an organization to destroy all the work we have done to promote equality through French sports.”

The UFC has continued to forge ahead in other countries, most notably launching production for The Ultimate Fighter: China.

On an independent level, the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation has also continued to gain steam across the globe, boasting 21 members, including France.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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France wants to be stubborn that's up to them. It's unfortunate considering some of their own like Cheick Kongo have excelled in the sport. However in time they'll probably lift their ban.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Thailand's in the same boat.
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Hey Thailand's in the same boat.
Thailand is doing it under pressure from the powerful Muay Thai industry and lobby there. They don't want MMA overtaking MT in popularity, especially considering they don't have much of a wrestling/grappling base there and the majority of dominant MMA fighters will end up being foreign as opposed to a majority of domestic fighters in Muay Thai.

France on the other hand is just being stupid.
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Good I hate french people 99% are snooty ****
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Really? I've twice been on holiday to France and 99% have been both polite and courteous. Its probably because the ones you've met are in Australia.

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Really? I've twice been on holiday to France and 99% have been both polite and courteous. Its probably because the ones you've met are in Australia.

Bah we don't let em in here, everyone else comes here but we don't let them in unless we've got a can of whoop ass for them in rugby and in muay thai. Also cricket is bleh so damn long and boring
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Bah we don't let em in here, everyone else comes here but we don't let them in unless we've got a can of whoop ass for them in rugby and in muay thai. Also cricket is bleh so damn long and boring
Haha, agreed. 3-0 is a normal scoreline. Not 231 for 4-212 for 150 or whatever. Yeah I heard you guys keep John Wayne Parr at the airport terminals. The US has the perverted and corrupt TSA, Australia has JWP. Badass.
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Haha, agreed. 3-0 is a normal scoreline. Not 231 for 4-212 for 150 or whatever. Yeah I heard you guys keep John Wayne Parr at the airport terminals. The US has the perverted and corrupt TSA, Australia has JWP. Badass.
We also have the local crocodile hunter with his rusty knife and crooked hat there for extra measure
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