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Boston Bans Under-16s From Attending MMA Events Without Adult Supervision

Written by Tom Ngo
August 21st, 2013
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UFC President Dana White

Just four days after the UFC hosted a thrilling show inside TD Garden in Boston, the city’s council voted unanimously to ban spectators under the age of 16 from attending mixed martial arts events in Beantown without adult supervision.

The resolution was posted online today by The Republican reporter Garrett Quinn. It’s an amended version of the original proposal that aimed to ban spectators under the age of 18 from coming to MMA shows in Boston.

This was just one of the many hurdles the UFC had to jump before last weekend’s return to Boston. Things got off to a rocky start when state officials refused the UFC’s request to bypass rules barring foreign-born fighters from competing in Boston without Social Security numbers.

After smoothing things over, Unite Here, an affiliate of Culinary Union 226, and women’s organization Mass NOW filed complaints with the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission demanding Chael Sonnen be denied licensure for his fight against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

UFC president Dana White (pictured) was so fed up with the political red tape that he suggested the Octagon wouldn’t be back to his hometown for quite some time. However, after Saturday’s event went off without a hitch, White changed course and said they would return.

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