Canadian Doctors Want to Ban Mixed Martial Arts

It's too savage, they say
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2010 5:38 PM CDT
Dominick Cruz, left, kicks Joseph Benavidez during their WEC bantamweight mixed martial art title match Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)
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(Newser) – Doctors in Canada have decided to push for a ban on mixed martial arts. "The aim is to disable and maim your opponent,” the internist leading the charge told his colleagues at the Canadan Medical Association's annual meeting. “We should not tolerate this so-called sport in a civilized society.” He proved persuasive, and the CMA will now lobby for the ban.

MMA has emerged from the fringe to become a serious money-maker worldwide, so don't expect to see it go away any time soon, writes Erik Malinowski at Wired. "With the booming popularity of MMA in the United States, it’s hard to see the Canadian campaign as an immediate threat to UFC’s market dominance, but with every fighter’s death and every public effort to bring the sport’s health risks to light, the pall over MMA seemingly grows darker."

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