The Boston City Council on Wednesday (Aug. 21, 2013) approved a new measure on mixed martial arts (MMA), banning anyone under the age of 16 from attending live Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events, unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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The bill, introduced by Council President Steve Murphy, initially sought to ban anyone under 18 and was sponsored by the "Unite" Culinary Union, which has a long and sordid history with ZUFFA's Fertitta brothers, who run Station Casinos in Las Vegas and keep their properties union free.
One of many "truths" lost on the City Council (via MMA Weekly):
"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 ... 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."
It could be an uphill battle.
Unite has successfully kept MMA from being legalized in New York, despite the potential revenue it could bring to the "Big Apple." In addition, it might not pay to go to war with the Boston politicians when banning unsupervised kids is unlikely to impact ticket sales.
White and Co. were forced to jump through hoops leading up to last Saturday night's (Aug. 17) UFC Fight Night 26 event at the TD Garden, including the much-ballyhooed social security fiasco. That "headache" was eventually resolved, but it was just one of many "manipulations" from Unite.
Fighting, it would seem, does not solve everything.