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How safe is mixed martial arts?
Wed, August 25, 2010

COREY LAROCQUE, QMI Agency

The risk mixed martial arts fighters might suffer life-changing brain injuries outweighs the entertainment and economic benefits of allowing the sport, says the professional association representing Canada’s doctors.

Canadian Medical Association (CMA) members voted Wednesday in favour of a motion that calls on the federal and provincial governments to ban the sport.

“It enables the Canadian Medical Association to advocate for this ban and discuss it with the federal government or any other government,” said Dr. Ian Gillespie, president of the British Columbia Medical Association.

Doctors are concerned about brain injuries that occur when fighters suffer what Gillespie said are “frequent concussions” in the ring.



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I'm getting really tired of the CMA telling and deciding for us what is good and isn't. I thought we we're grown people who can make up our own minds...These people are highly trained as are in any other sport and they know the risks going in, it's not your decision to choose whether it should be allowed. Or whether it's safe for us to watch...If they're going to ban this then they might as well ban all sports and not allow any of them in Canada because Hockey and Football etc are no more safer then MMA! It's about time people atrt standing up to Big Brother..he's Baaack!
Mike, 2010-10-02 17:19:02

This sport is safer than boxing, hockey,and football as well.Sure they get head shots but not to the extent that the other sports I mentioned do.In boxing it is constant head shots,just look at Ali.I also think that mixed martial athletes are some of the best conditioned athletes.Let them do their thing!
Johnson, 2010-09-08 18:35:38

These bozos are there by choice. Let them pound each other into the stone ages. Who cares? As a matter of fact these contests are stopped way too soon. As soon as one of the bozos seems to be hurt the referee jumps in and stops the fight before the opponent can inflict any permanent damage. So what's the point of fighting at all?
joe louis, 2010-09-03 22:35:13

does it matter. The teary-eyed sit at home and bubble wrap my family bandwagon morons will cry and wail about it anyways. Oh boo-hoo, it is soooo scary!
clowns, 2010-08-26 09:18:37

I agree with K. Scott saying if you are gonna ban one contact sport you have to ban them all. Hockey and football? Gone Lacrosse? Gone. You see a guy in hockey or football take a shot to the head and they will end up on the ground staring up with their eyes glazed over just like an MMA fighter when he is knocked out, the difference is the MMA fighter 99% of the time will get up, shake his opponents hand and then get himself checked by a doctor or just get some ice. The football player or hockey player is more than likely gonna need to be carted off on a strecher.
Dave J., 2010-08-25 16:50:38

I agree with K Scott. These fighters are highly trained and are well versed in technique required, effects of bad technique and knowledge to know when to stop. I would look at GSP's last title fight where multiple times he had his opponent in a compromising position where GSP could have broken limbs had he not had the training and knowledge to know what point not to cross. This sounds to me like the CMA are taking the easy/lazy way out where they do not have to put in the time and effort to perfect the rules for Canadian standards.
Jeff L, 2010-08-25 16:29:02

The CMA should have a look at the history of injuries in MMA. There have been less than 10 deaths attributed to the sport over the last 20 years, and even that number is questionable. None of the deaths were in major promotions such as UFC or Strikeforce MMA has highly trained atheletes who understand the risk. Look at the new information coming out about football players and brain injuries, why are they not calling for a ban on football? What about hockey for that matter? Look at all the concussions suffered playing those sports. I know why don't we just ban all contact sports and be done with it? MMA is legal in many US States and other countries around the world, and as long as the rules that are in place are followed, the risk of injury is minimal. This has been proven time and time again in the hundreds of sanctioned bouts through out the US and parts of Canada where the sport is legal and embraced. The injuries sustained in a MMA fight generally revolve around cuts, or minor injuries with most fighters being given suspension after fights of 30 to 60 days, with some being as long as 6 months but these can be shortened upon doctor's approval. The sport is far safer than boxing,and based on the latest information, it looks like it is safer than football as well. Bottom line is that MMA is not going anywhere, it is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. If the CMA wants to keep participants safe, work with the promotions and governing bodies to help with the rules and regulations, don't just decide to ban it because that will likely lead to underground fighting where the risks will be even greater, and there are not sanctioning parties.
K. Scott, 2010-08-25 16:13:54

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