UFC Requests Revocation of Boston Ban on Minors, Cites Falsehoods and Union Manipulation

August 22, 2013
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Ufc LogoThe Boston City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to pass a measure to ban minors under the age of 16 from attending mixed martial arts events, including the UFC, unless accompanied by an adult.

The measure, proposed by City Council President Stephen J. Murphy, had originally sought to ban minors under the age of 18, but was revised to under 16 before passage.

On Wednesday evening, the UFC issued a statement in response to the measure’s passing in Boston.

“Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, learned today that the Boston City Council passed a non-binding resolution regarding mixed martial arts (MMA),” read the statement.

“The non-binding resolution merely concludes that the city of Boston should follow existing state law. However, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is extremely disappointed that the non-binding resolution is filled with blatant inaccuracies and falsehoods. The UFC organization finds it shocking that Councilor Murphy would present such a misleading document for consideration to the City Council,” the statement added.

In the response, the UFC asserts that the measure’s passing was based on misconceptions about the sport and its athletes.

“UFC is proud of the recent event it put on at the TD Garden, which was televised around the world. By all measures, the event was a resounding success, generating millions of dollars in economic benefit for the community and cast the great city of Boston in a positive light,” the statement read.

“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,” stated the UFC. “There is clearly a reason why MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.”

In the press release, the UFC claims the Boston City Counsel was manipulated by union officials in a dispute with UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta over the union’s desire to bring the brothers’ Station Casinos employees into the union.

“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.”

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  • Isn’t this the one where we don’t let little kids run around the arena?

    • hal

      Point well taken! But is there a ban like this for all sports. Football, baseball etc. The problem is they are singling out mma. I have kids and I wouldn’t let them go to any sporting event without me. It basically comes down to the UFC needs to step up and prove a point.

  • Hamburger Jim

    Council took the teeth out of it by lowering the age to 16 so they could kiss the union’s ass without financially impacting UFC events.