The UFC hasn’t held an event in the Australian state of Victoria because when it came time to allow mixed martial arts in the area they included a rule that would ban the use of a cage. According to Tom Wright, Director of UFC Operations in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, the UFC has been working hard to undo the ban and he feels it’s only a matter of time before they change their mind. Wright also reaffirmed that the UFC has no interest in doing a fight inside of a ring in order to hold an event in Victoria because of safety concerns for the fighters.
Wright told media at a press conference
“We are continuing the good fight. We’re patient. We feel it’s a matter of “when” not “if”. I had and continue to have discussions with the government. We’ve been continuing to work with (Hugh) Delahunty and other members of the government.”
“We will not change our stance. We will not take an event into a jurisdiction where the Octagon is not permitted. Allowing our athletes to compete in a boxing ring is unsafe and unfair, and we will never compromise the safety of our athletes, regardless what it means in terms of building our business.”
“We brought forward our case that an event in Victoria would be an significant economic benefit to the entire state, as well as the city of Melbourne,” he continued. “We would like to take our first event to Etihad. We feel that we will have an economic impact of 40 or 50 million dollars, but the government needs to change its position and hopefully that will happen soon.”
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