Daugaard opposes allowing mixed martial arts bouts

2013-01-25T14:52:00Z 2013-11-18T17:02:36Z Daugaard opposes allowing mixed martial arts boutsThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 25, 2013 2:52 pm  • 

PIERRE | South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard says he opposes a bill that would create a state athletic commission because it would legitimize mixed martial arts fights, events he says are so violent they don't deserve to be called sports.

The Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday approved a bill that would create a commission to supervise boxing, kick boxing and mixed martial arts competitions.

The bill's main sponsor, Sen. Mark Johnston of Sioux Falls, says those fights need to be regulated to protect the safety of athletes. He says mixed martial arts is a sport, and unregulated events are already occurring in South Dakota.

But Daugaard says he is offended that the state would legitimize what he calls cage fighting. He says it's absurd to call such violence a sport.

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  1. TJB
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    TJB - January 25, 2013 8:56 pm
    Wow, Governor open your eyes. MMA is both physically and mentally challenging and ranks up there with any of the mainline sporting events. The sportsmanship displayed in most MMA bouts is impressive. MMA is no worse than hockey. I believe someone said there were four fights in the Rush game the other night? Sanction MMA to keep it safe and professional and let those who wish to watch and participate do so and those who would rather not can stay home and ignore it.
  2. Predator
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    Predator - January 25, 2013 3:50 pm
    Wel...Well...Well, we have nothing more important to do with our State goverment than let the Govenor decide what is a sport or not...because how he is offended...how comforting
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