September 14, 2012
U.K. promoters to stage first wheelchair MMA bouts
By QMI Agency
For fight fans who hate watching UFC competitors go to ground, U.K. promoters are set to unveil an all new blood sport – the most violent competition on two wheels.
The first wheelchair bouts for physically challenged MMA fighters will reportedly take place in South Yorkshire, England later this year, according to Fighters Only.
“We have come together to bring both amputees and wheeled fighters into the ring to compete just like any other,” Colin Woods, head of Wheeled Warriors, told the U.K.-based online magazine. “It is clear this concept is well-received and ahead of its time as very few would expect something of its kind to come to fruition so soon.”
As utilized by Paralympians in a variety of sports, fighters will use specially designed chairs commonly used in sports like wheelchair basketball and rugby.
Although it’s believed the fights will be the first of their kind, wheelchair boxing events have already taken place across the U.S. and debate rages on as to whether boxing should become a Paralympic sport.
“This is a great collaboration which surely will improve sports and will continue to grow for the foreseeable future," Woods told Fighters Only.
The event is being organized by Wheeled Warriors and the Ultimate Cage Fighting Championships.