Brian Kagen pick: “The Influence Game: Ultimate Fighting ducks punch” by Frederick J. Frommer

“The biggest name in mixed martial arts, UFC is a multimillion-dollar business that fills arenas, broadcasts events on pay-per-view and has deals with cable networks like Spike TV. The sport, which combines jiujitsu, judo, karate, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling, has put off some critics with its ferocity, including such tactics as kicks to the head.

The sport’s owners are concerned that it could come under federal regulation by a proposed new commission to regulate boxing that two senior lawmakers are pushing. To help head that off, the Las Vegas-based UFC spent $240,000 last year lobbying Congress.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. It’s simply unfortunate that blood sports are still acceptable. But they are, even popular. This particular instance is an egregious example of how our political process works. Happily aikido politics are internal. But, then, I suppose there’s not enough money in aikido to interest mainline politicians.

  2. Dean Burns says:

    I enjoy boxing and the UFC. I think both sports do a fair job at protecting the fighters. There is risk and danger in every sport and in life in general. As long as the participants know the risks and accept the conditions in which they work, I believe the sports should continue without further government interference or regulations.

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