Tom Wright Says There Will Be More Australian UFC Events If The Cage Ban Is Lifted
Posted by Joseph Lee on 12.04.2013
The ring is unsafe...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, UFC executive Tom Wright said that the promotion would go to Australia more often if the cage ban was lifted for MMA in the states Victoria and Western Australia. UFC Fight Night 33 will be held at the Brisbane Entertainment Center in Brisbane. It airs live on FOX Sports 1 in the US. He said the UFC wants to hold between four and seven events in the country instead of the one or two a year they normally have.
On Australia's cage ban: "[MMA] is not safe in a boxing ring. We would never bring an event into a state where [MMA] is only allowed in a boxing ring. It's actually very dangerous for the athletes, for the fans, for the officials, and it's not fair. It's not a level playing field."
On why the ring shouldn't be used: "A boxing ring was designed for boxers. These guys aren't boxers – they're mixed martial artists. So let them compete in an environment that's designed for their sport."
On what has to be done: "It's really just a simple letter that the minister has to write. The athletic commission, which is a bureaucratic organization that provides expert insight and recommendations to the ministry, has actually recommended that the cage ban be lifted (in Victoria). Same case in Western Australia. But both governments have decided to turn their back on those recommendations, and we don't think it's appropriate."