UFC 97 and the sport of MMA are in need of our support.
Réjean Thériault, the communications director for the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, which governs alcohol, racing, gambling and combat sports in Quebec, told CorusSports the UFC's use of elbows and knees to the head do not currently fall in line with the commission's policies. The report goes on to state that sources have indicated the commission may be looking to require "a much smaller cage than the UFC's patented Octagon, prohibiting elbow and knee strikes and requiring that the referee to halt a bout should a fighter get knocked down from a strike in order to ensure the downed fighter is OK to continue."
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If these rule changes are mandated, I feel it is likely Zuffa will cancel the event. This will be a significant setback for this great sport. Zuffa and the sport of MMA are in need of support from their fans and customers to help over turn this ridiculous policy.
Please join me and send an e-mail message to Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux letting them know your thoughts on this policy.
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If you do not have time to personalize a message, I created a generic message, which you may copy and edit, below:
Mr. Réjean Thériault:
It is of major concern to me that you are considering mandating rule changes which will majorly alter the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA). The rules which the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) adheres to are common throughout the United States and much of the world.
The sport of MMA has a proven safety record over the past 16 years of its modern day existence. In fact, it is widely believed that the sport of MMA is safer than the sport of boxing.
In the 16 year existence of the sport, only one fighter, unfortunately, was killed during a sanctioned MMA event. In boxing, there have been about 10.4 deaths per year in the sport. In fact, statistics show that in fatal boxing matches, the number of punches landed are significantly higher, with 26.6 punches landed per round, than the number of punches landed in an average match, with only 9.4 punches landed per round. Mixed martial arts competitors do not sustain nearly as many power shots to the head as witnessed in an average boxing match. If an MMA competitor is in trouble or cannot match the striking skills of his opponent he has the option to wrestle his opponent to the floor and continue the match grappling and wrestling.
A comparison detailing the number of boxing matches each year to the number of MMA matches each year should also be made to get a more accurate assessment, but regardless, the statistics speak for themselves. In the past 16 years that MMA has existed, there has been one unfortunate fatal match compared to the over 150 fatalities suffered in the sport of boxing.
In addition, many of the rules allowed in MMA are also allowed in other combat sports. For instance, kicks, punches, elbows, and knees are all allowed in the sport of Muay Thai kick boxing. Choke hold submissions are allowed in the Olympics in the sport of Judo. Arm bars and other submission holds are legal in the sport of jiu-jitsu which many children across the world practice daily. MMA basically takes all of these sports; boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu, and combines them into one sport.
Many other comparisons can be made to other contact sports; such as, American football, hockey, and rugby to depict the safety records of these sports to the safety record of MMA. The comparison will leave no doubt that MMA has a strong proven safety record in comparison to these other sports. The sport of MMA is sanctioned and legal in over 40 states in the United States with mandating of over 30 rules and regulation constructed for the safety of the competitor.
The UFC put on one of the best events in their history last year in Montreal with over 21,000 fans in attendance and a live gate of approximately $5.1 million and nearly one-million people watching the event live on pay-per-view with a charge of $44.95 to $54.95. The UFC president, Dana White, has claimed on numerous occasions the Canadian fans are among the best in the world. After witnessing the show in Montreal last year, I tend to agree with him.
Please, for the sake of the UFC 97 event and the sport of MMA as a whole, reconsider your policy on the rules of mixed martial arts in Quebec. Your determination on this matter could make millions of people very happy.