The UFC ran into several troubles recently in trying to host an event in Boston.
One of those was a call for a ban on anyone under the age of 18 from attending MMA events. While that resolution was unable to be passed, one banning anyone under 16 did.
Below is the statement released by the UFC:
“The UFC organization finds it shocking that Councilor Murphy would present such a misleading document for consideration to the City Council,” the statement reads. “Councilor Murphy’s resolution demonstrates a complete lack of understanding about what mixed martial arts is, the amazing world class athletes that compete in the sport, and the many benefits it brings to a community.
“There is clearly a reason why MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Consequently, it is unfortunate that Councilor Murphy’s actions caused the Boston city council to be manipulated by a union based in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We would hope that the City Council, once it learns the truth about MMA and all of the positive aspects of the sport, would consider revoking this non-binding resolution.”
The resolution passed unanimously, though minors are able to attend if accompanied by an adult.