Yesterday, Australian doctor Phil West claimed that allowing children to attend UFC 193 is a form of "child abuse."
"It's brutal and savage," Dr. West said on Tuesday. "It's potentially facilitating a form of child abuse within the state's own legislation, which is emotional harm."
Up until March 2015, mixed martial arts promotions that used a steel cage to host fights were outlawed in the state of Victoria, essentially blacklisting the UFC from hosting events in cities like Melbourne.
MMA's premiere promotion will finally come to Melbourne for the highly anticipated UFC 193 pay-per-view this weekend. Women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will be headlining the event, and the female pound for pound #1 was quick to respond to Dr West's criticisms.
"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."
It's not the first time that Australia has criticized the sport - shortly after UFC Fight Night: Miocic vs. Hunt, Victorian politician Denis Napthine ridiculed the event on Twitter.
Ronda Rousey will defend her bantamweight title down under against boxing world champion Holly Holm at UFC 193 on November 15th.