UFC Asks Boston City Council to Revoke Ban on Unsupervised Minors Attending Events
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.21.2013
UFC releases statement on the resolution…
UFC officials have released an official statement on Boston's city council decision today to ban unsupervised minors under 16 from attending MMA events. According to the UFC, the resolution is non-binding and the city should follow existing state laws.
The UFC also claimed that city council president Steve Murphy drafted a document "filled with blatant inaccuracies and falsehoods." The organization most recently held their Fight Night 26 card last Saturday, August 17, at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.
The UFC stated the following:
The non-binding resolution merely concludes that the city of Boston should follow existing state law. However, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is extremely disappointed that the non-binding resolution is filled with blatant inaccuracies and falsehoods. The UFC organization finds it shocking that Councilor Murphy would present such a misleading document for consideration to the City Council.
UFC is proud of the recent event it put on at the TD Garden, which was televised around the world. By all measures, the event was a resounding success, generating millions of dollars in economic benefit for the community and cast the great city of Boston in a positive light.
Councilor Murphy's resolution demonstrates a complete lack of understanding about what mixed martial arts is, the amazing world class athletes that compete in the sport, and the many benefits it brings to a community. There is clearly a reason why MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Consequently, it is unfortunate that Councilor Murphy's actions caused the Boston City Council to be manipulated by a union based in Las Vegas, Nevada. We would hope that the City Council, once it learns the truth about MMA and all of the positive aspects of the sport, would consider revoking this non-binding resolution.