(May contain scenes of graphic violence.)
Say you’re a German teenager and you were really looking forward to seeing Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva battle for relevance at UFC 99 in Cologne next month. Well, unless you’re over eighteen years old you are officially screwed. An uproar over the UFC coming to town and an article calling for banning the “insanity” of “brutal cage fighting” appeared in the popular German newspaper Bild recently, prompting minors to be barred from attending the first German UFC event. The article claimed that only biting and eye-gouging were against the rules, and described fighters as wearing “no protective clothing,” so just maybe there’s some bad information being passed around. Regardless, the Lanxess Arena, where UFC 99 is going down, has agreed to ban ticketholders under eighteen years old from attending the event.
Dana White is adopting an ‘I’m getting too old for this shit’ attitude about the whole thing.
“The U.K. was the same way,” said UFC president Dana White. “People are scared of this. You can tell people there’s never been a death, never been a serious injury, all day long. It’s a never-ending job.”
Just to make the German case against the UFC more ridiculous, it includes “boxing expert” Werner Schneyder insisting that it must be stopped because “people could die.” This makes MMA completely different from boxing, where people do die. Every year.
Sorry German kids. Looks like you’ll have to content yourself with hyper-violent movies, video games, and literally lethal sports like boxing while the adults enjoy a little Silva-Franklin throwdown. We’ll tell you how it turns out, at least as much as we can without damaging your tender minds.