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UFC fighter banned from visiting sick kids in hospital because MMA is scary and violent

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Finally, someone is thinking about the children!!!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is expected to sell out the 60,000 Etihad Stadium when it brings its brand of mixed martial arts to Melbourne this November, by way of UFC 193: "Rousey vs. Holm," but not everyone "down under" is celebrating the rise of combat sports.

In fact, heavyweight slugger and local fighter Soa Palelei was recently banned from visiting sick kids in Western Australia -- despite representing the Make-A-Wish Foundation -- because Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH) wants nothing to do with violent cagefighting.

PMH gives a statement to

"Following the significant media coverage of controversy surrounding UFC fighting, which is currently banned in Western Australia, a decision was made by the PMH executive that it would not be appropriate to have a representative of the sport visit the hospital. PMH has a duty of care to its patients, their families and staff. With many people in the community having very strong views about this particular sport, due to its perceived level of violence, and the fact it is banned in WA, executive staff felt this was the best decision at the time."


"I was dumbfounded in a way," Palelei told the popular news website. "You want me to do a 24-hour grind, put my body on the line for you, raise money for you guys, but you won't let me see the kids? It's disappointing. I can't go in there to see the kids."

UFC is no stranger to resistance in Australia. In fact, the upcoming Melbourne pay-per-view (PPV) only became feasible after a local ban on cagefighting was lifted, thanks to this. That said, Aussies aren't the only ones with outdated regulatory issues.

Just ask our friends in the "Big Apple."

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