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Are MMA Fighters Following Medical Suspension Rules?

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Are MMA Fighters Following Medical Suspension Rules?

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Today, the Canadian Press asked: “MMA HAS MEDICAL SUSPENSIONS BUT WHAT IF FIGHTERS DON'T LISTEN?” What a great question!


According to the article:

"While other leagues struggle with concussions, the UFC points proudly to its medical record. "Here's the reality. This is the most regulated sport in the world," UFC president Dana White told the UFC 128 pre-fight news conference last week in New York.

The mixed martial arts juggernaut notes how referees jump in to prevent fighters in trouble from further damage, how doctors and ambulances are on hand fight night and the extensive pre- and post-fight tests its athletes are subjected to.

MMA combatants undergo annual tests to maintain their licence to fight. And athletic commissions impose post-fight medical suspensions, varying on the degree of damage taken.

"If they take any damage to the head, they're put on a three-month suspension," said White. "These guys are on a three-month medical suspension and cannot return until they're seen by a doctor.

"These guys don't take the damage that NFL players or boxers or guys from the NHL. And guys in the NFL and the NHL can't miss three months. If guys missed three months for a concussion, there'd be no football, there'd be no NHL. That's the difference and this sport is a million times safer than both of them."

But what happens when fighters don't do what they have been told?

English welterweight Dan (The Outlaw) Hardy unwittingly suggested that may be the case in a media conference call this week."

To read the article in its entirety, go here.


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