I.D., please. Due to the violent nature of MMA, German activists have banned together to enforce an 18 and over policy for the UFC’s debut in the country. The ruckus began this past Sunday when one of the country’s biggest newspapers ran a front-page article promoting the June 13th show.
According to Yahoo! Sports, after the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung ran their story, the German government and the Laxness Arena, site of UFC 99, received a barrage of negative heat from local child protection groups.
It seemed to snowball after that as Monday’s edition of the BILD, another popular German newspaper, stated that Marek Lieberberg, the UFC’s local promoter, said child protective services of Cologne requested the ban, which he willingly accepted.
However, BILD’s article may be the essence of the uproar. Due to complete ignorance, their writer erroneously wrote that everything is allowed in UFC fights except for biting and eye poking.
Concerned parents have the right to protect to their children see, however knowledge is power, and you can’t have power when you are given false information.
“The U.K. was the same way,” stated UFC president Dana White. “People are scared of this. You can tell people there’s never been a death, never been a serious injury, all day long. It’s a never-ending job.”
This is just another minor hiccup for the UFC as they have sold more than 7,200 tickets for the event. In addition, the majority of their ticket purchasers fall between the ages of 25-40.
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