Ronda Rousey has found herself in the middle of the controversy. Apparently, Australian politicians and child protection groups targeted the violent nature of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and believed that minors should be banned from attending the UFC 193 this weekend.
According to the MMA Junkie, leading Children’s Charity groups felt that “exposing kids to live fights could even constitute child abuse under existing laws in the state of Victoria, of which Melbourne is the capital.” Politicians too have raised the discussion of whether a legislation should be passed to forbid youngsters at mixed martial arts events. The State Government Level politicians were debating the issue ahead of the UFC 193.
Rousey has garnered huge popularity in Australia with nearly 70,000 expected fans ready to flock the Etihad Stadium on Saturday when she battles Holly Holm. When Rousey was interviewed about the ongoing debate, she said, “I don’t believe it is violent at all,” Rousey told Channel 7 News. “I believe it is called martial arts for a reason. It is an art.”
“It might look a little graphic; it doesn’t actually mean it is that dangerous. Most of the injuries in the sport are actually cosmetic.”
UFC Managing Director for Operations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand Tom Wright while speaking about MMA fighting and Rousey said, “I suspect when Ronda said that she meant that when she competed for the U.S and won a bronze medal they didn’t look at her as a violent athlete, they looked at her as a proud Olympian who was at the top of her sport,” Wright told USA TODAY Sports. “For her fighting is an opportunity for her to demonstrate her skills in a safe environment, that’s why she doesn’t think it is violent.”
Phil West, co-founder of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a prominent Australia child safety group highlighted the possible role of live MMA fighting on Children’s Psyche. “It is brutal and savage,” West said. “MMA involves extreme violence, hitting people in the face while sitting on their torso.”