Cage Ban Confirmed for Western Australia MMA

February 28, 2013
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Ross Pearson vs George SotiropoulusThe Western Australian government has passed legislation for the cage to be banned for all local MMA fights as of March 1, 2013.

The government announced its intentions midway through January 2013, and Minister for Sports Terry Waldron confirmed the decision after the Department of Sports and Recreation commissioners met with promoters to inform them of the new law change. The decision was based upon “image” concerns, not on fighter safety.

“We just don’t want to see cage fighting in Western Australia,” Premier Colin Barnett said. “It’s been a policy decision of the state government.”

Director of UFC Operations in Australia Tom Wright was recently in Perth vowing against the ban. He said it’s only a matter of time until Perth hosts a big UFC event, and has 2014 in his sights.

“It’s okay if our sport is not your cup of tea. It’s okay if you don’t like it, but don’t say you don’t like it because there are no rules. Frankly, there are a a lot of rules,” Wright said. “I believe in time the government will change its policy.”

Western Australia now joins Victoria as the two states that ban fighting in a cage in Australia.

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  • Lawdog1521

    So, dingo eating babies aren’t an image problem for Australia, but a fence is?

    • maybe if they didn’t ban all the fences the dingo/baby situation wouldn’t be so bad.

      • Lawdog1521

        It should have been “baby eating dingos” but Australia is big enough I’m sure they have both.

  • BarrysHypocrisy

    Guess they’re just too delicate in Australia for a cage. Maybe they should try competitive cheer-leading instead.

  • gary

    The cage is safer than a ring. Nobody falls through a cage. This is just plain stupid.

  • Very bad business decision as well as an issue for fighters safety.

  • Jack

    this is good news