Iowa Tries to Ban Mixed Martial Arts
Iowa Tries to Ban Mixed Martial Arts
by Tom Donelson, firstname.lastname@example.org
published on Apr 4, 2007
IOWA CITY, Ia. -- In the state of Iowa, the Senate has voted to remove Mixed Martial Arts from regulation, but this is a back door approach to outlawing Mixed Martial Arts.
Boxing, wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts are regulated by the Department of Labor, but the labor commissioner has recommended that the Mixed Martial Arts be removed from regulations.
This was not done as a libertarian move to eliminate one less sport from government regulations but to remove the State of Iowa any liability from injuries.
While many of the legislators have decried this sport as “barbaric,” I suspect that most have not really seen the sport live or for that matter, bother to research how dangerous this sport is compared to other more popular sport.
Some 400,000 athletes will seek medical attention from football injuries every year and a few will die as result of head injuries. While football authorities have made the sport safer, there is still risk and there is nothing that can be done to eliminate all risk.
Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Steve Young have seen their career's cut short due to a series of concussion. Other sports have their own risks.
Hockey players face similar problems with concussion as football players and NASCAR racers see the death as a constant partner. No one is asking for any of these sports to be banned.
Yet there is no evidence that risk to a martial artist is any higher than these other sports and the nature of the sport may make it safer. The biggest fear for any fighter is taking too many punches to the head and certainly many boxers have suffered long term damage due to head shots.
Head shots due to vicious tackles can shorten careers and that doesn't count the injuries that have debilitated many football players over a lifetime.
For many martial artists, their defensive skills reduce the number head shots they actually receive and majority of the action actually occurs on the ground as many of these artists have excellent mat skills through the various submission skills including wrestling, judo and Jiu Jitsu.
Many Iowa fans will recognize much of the action as wrestling is probably the number three sport in Iowa behind Football and basketball. Ground action reduces head contact and even when many of the artist attempts to do punching during ground attacks, they often fail to make solid shots.
This doesn’t mean that serious head shots don’t occur or that blood gets spilled. It does but there is no evidence that has been released that it is more dangerous than most of other sports.
The real reason behind the move to deregulate in Iowa is merely a prelude to outlaw the sport within the state of Iowa. As one promoter noted recently, more athletes may actually get hurt, “Since unscrupulous promoters may hold events under unsafe conditions.”
Why the Senate moved in this direction as oppose to outright ban is that many legislators are not willing to ban the sport. One Senator saw through the shell game and voted against it but not because it was the wrong to do but because he wants outright ban.
Senator Herman C. Quirmbach of Ames stated, “That's not a sport, it is a barbaric, disgusting, degrading and subhuman activity that really has no place in the state of Iowa."
This is the nanny state at its most arrogance, with legislators deciding what is best for us all. Many sports have been denounced in similar fashion. A few years back, there was a movement to ban boxing and in the early 20th century, many attempted to outlaw football, today’s America number one passion.
The same words said about mixed martial arts have been said about boxing and football. Mixed Martial Arts is becoming a fast growing sport and many fans have spoken with their pocketbook.
The real question is should Iowa ban a sport with willing participants and substantial fan base? I will argue no. Today, they come to eliminate the mixed martial arts, tomorrow it will be boxing and then who knows?
Maturely written, with insights into history.
Iowans, write letters to your people in government opposing any ban!
I would think that a state that is so big on wrestling would have a more open attitude towards MMA. (But MMA is always a target for political posturing.) I wonder though, does a community with a very well developed culture of wrestling, almost a refined culture, have more inclination to view MMA as a barbaric bastardized inferiority?
Wow. Pat M. must be pissed.
I highly doubt the wrestling community sees MMA in such a light, or at the very least support its banning. It's all a matter of perception and prestigue. You gotta understand that legislators make a living out of rusting feathers with their "can someone please think of the children" battlecries.
Originally Posted by JimmyZ
Wrestling is far more prestrigious than MMA. It keeps kids busy (specially in those years when they are growing and got testosterone shooting out of their very pores). Furthermore, it can pave the way to prestige in the olympics. Plus, as noted, it's part of Iowa's culture.
Football is a fucking sacred golden cow, untouchable no matter what.
MMA is neither, an easy target to make it a political issue. Sounds like a simplification, but sadly, it really fucking describes what legislators do (many of whom I doubt had any background in wrestling to actually understand what combat sports are all about, much less MMA.)
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Iowa House approves amended mixed martial arts bill
By Associated Press
5:53 PM CST, March 9, 2010
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has approved an amended version of a bill that increases regulation of mixed martial arts events in the state.
The House voted 86-6 in favor of the measure on Tuesday, amending a version approved by the Senate earlier.
The bill requires promoters to have a physician present at fights and that all participants under go a physical examination before competing. It also requires competitors be at least 18 years old.
The requirements would apply to any mixed martial arts event that is open to the public and where an admission fee or donation is required. The House amended the bill to include events where merchandise or refreshments are available for purchase.
The bill now goes back to the Senate for further debate.
I was in Iowa not too long ago and I saw an advertisement for an MMA show featuring Kevin Burns. The show's going to take place in a few days in Des Moines. I wonder if it was scheduled to correspond with the passing of the bill?
Kevin Burns who fought T.J. Grant, Chris Lytle, Anthony Johnson in the Ultimate Fighting Championships?
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