Nice to see someone is FINALLY thinking about the children.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is rolling through Melbourne, Victoria, Australia this weekend to stage its upcoming UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which marks the first time many locals will be able to witness live mixed martial arts (MMA) fighting.
Because of this.
But while 60,000 fans are expected to pack the Etihad Stadium, not everyone "Down Under" is jumping for joy. That includes child advocate Dr. Phil West, who in a letter to the Premier insisted the presence of youngsters at the "savage and brutal" event would be in breach of Victorian law and "potentially facilitating child abuse."
One half of the headlining act and UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, however, disagrees.
"I don't believe it's violent at all," Rousey told News 7. "I think it's called martial arts for a reason, it's an art. It might look a little graphic, it doesn't actually mean it's that dangerous. Most of the injuries in the sport are actually cosmetic."
UFC has been able to penetrate a majority of foreign and domestic markets with its unique brand of combat sports; however, there still remains a few stones unturned, like the fertile soil of New York, home to high-profile stars like Jon Jones and Chris Weidman.
And apparently, a few million children who need to be saved.