Boston passes amended bill banning minors from UFC/MMA events

Michael Dodge

If you're under 16 and want to see a live UFC event in Boston, you better convince mom or dad to tag along with you. It will be the only way you get through the front door.

That didn't take very long.

Less than a week after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held UFC Fight Night 26 on FOX Sports 1, its second live event in "Beantown" back on Aug. 17, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Mass., the City Council's Committee approved a ban on mixed martial arts (MMA) for children under the age of 16, unless accompanied by an adult.

The original bill, introduced by Council President Steve Murphy, initially sought to ban anyone under 18.

Mass Live reporter Garrett Quinn brought news of today's resolution, which drew the ire of UFC President Dana White. The Las Vegas fight boss was incredulous over the city's decision to go after MMA, when much more grievous offenses exist in other local sports (like this one).

You can't fight city hall.

You can, however, fight the Culinary Union, the dark entity behind the promotion's headaches over the past couple of years, including the New York legislation fiasco (more on that here). The ban on minors was just one of many hoops UFC was forced to jump through as it geared up for last Saturday night's combat sports spectacle.

This was another.

While UFC has its sights set on a global takeover, there are still issues like this one cropping up at home. Whether or not other jurisdictions follow suit remains to be seen, but considering how much cash a live event can generate for a host city, I wouldn't expect the bandwagon to run out of seats.

See a .PDF version of the bill below.

Boston City Council resolution banning minors from MMA events by GarrettQuinn

For more on UFC Fight Night 26 click here.

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