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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 09-05-2007, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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BMA wants ultimate fighting banned

LONDON (Reuters) - The British Medical Association has called for a ban on mixed martial arts competitions, including "ultimate fighting", on the grounds they can cause traumatic brain injury.

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In a report on Wednesday, the BMA extended its long-standing call for a ban on both amateur and professional boxing to all mixed martial arts (MMA) events -- which include ultimate fighting and cage fighting.

The call comes as London's O2 arena gears up to host an ultimate fighting event on Saturday, following sell-out shows in Manchester and Belfast this year.

Ultimate fighting is billed as a form of mixed martial arts fighting that uses striking, grappling and ground fighting.

The BMA's Head of Ethics and Science, Dr Vivienne Nathanson, said MMA competitions do not qualify as sports.

"Ultimate fighting can be extremely brutal and has been described as ‘human cockfighting,'" she said. "It can cause traumatic brain injury, joint injuries and fractures."

It was the responsibility of a civilised society to actively campaign against ultimate fighting, she added.

"Large amounts of money can be earned by participants, promoters and others linked to ultimate fighting but no amount of money can compensate for permanent brain damage and premature death."

The official Ultimate Fighting Championships' Web site, is keen to stress the importance of competitors' safety.

"UFC competitors or ‘Ultimate Fighters' are among the best-trained and conditioned athletes in the world," it states.

"While this is a highly intense sport, fighter safety is of paramount concern to UFC ownership and management: it is noteworthy that no competitor has ever been seriously injured in a UFC event."
Obviously The BMA haven't even watched the UFC.... i hate it when people get involved in stuff they haven't even a clue about.

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LONDON (Reuters) - The British Medical Association has called for a ban on mixed martial arts competitions, including "ultimate fighting", on the grounds they can cause traumatic brain injury.



Obviously The BMA haven't even watched the UFC.... i hate it when people get involved in stuff they haven't even a clue about.
whats really funni is that noone says shit about boxing

The most solid advice I can give to anyone who fights BJ Penn is...do not motivate the guy. Lets face it, BJ although talented, is naturally lazy. Your job is to NOT convince him to step on that treadmill.
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"Ultimate fighting can be extremely brutal and has been described as ‘human cockfighting,'" she said.

Has been described as 'human cockfighting' by people who don't have a clue. It's also commonly described as a sport, but she missed that out.

"It can cause traumatic brain injury, joint injuries and fractures."

Name a contact sport that doesn't have a risk of these.


It's no surprise that a medical association want to ban it, it causes injury. They can FO though.
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Better get rid of rugby too.
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^^ And soccer, hockey, football and even baseball since there is always a risk of serious injury in practically every physical activity.

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^^ And soccer, hockey, football and even baseball since there is always a risk of serious injury in practically every physical activity.
this must just rbe a ploy from the WWE to distract us all from the roid raged freaks

The most solid advice I can give to anyone who fights BJ Penn is...do not motivate the guy. Lets face it, BJ although talented, is naturally lazy. Your job is to NOT convince him to step on that treadmill.
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whats really funni is that noone says shit about boxing
Actually, they do. See how it said they wanted to extend their call for a ban on both amateur and professional boxing to all MMAevents.
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i say rugby is more dangerous than mma.
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It would have just as much credibility if they started saying it's against the teachings of Jesus Christ.
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If there going to ban sports that involve severe blunt force trauma and fractures what is going to be left? Baseball, golf?
banned sports would include: Skateboarding, roller blading, football, rugby, lacrosse, motocross, boxing, grappling, wrestling, and dozens more.
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