Boston fights to protect kids from MMA fighting
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Representatives for mixed martial arts competitions are putting up a fight against a proposed Boston City Council measure.
City Council President, Stephen Muphy held a public hearing Tuesday about banning children under 18 from MMA events unless they have parental supervision.
Murphy said MMA athletes promote “anti-social behavior.”
“They’re experts in martial arts, boxing, and whatever; yet socially, they’re promoting anti-social behavior to children. And I’m coming at this trying to protect our kids,” he said.
But reps. for Ultimate Fighting Championship said they take steps to make sure their fighters follow a certain code of conduct.
“Our fighter code of conduct, you could have anywhere from fines imposed on them, to a suspension period, to eventually termination of their agreements…a direct termination of their right to fight in the UFC,” said Michael Mersch of UFC.
The current law allows children under 16 to attend MMA events with a parent.