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Copyright (c) 2011 Seton Hall Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law
Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law

ARTICLE: INTELLIGENT DEFENSE: A CALL FOR FEDERAL REGULATION OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

2011

Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law

21 Seton Hall J. Sports & Ent. L. 247

Author

Michael R. Daum*

Excerpt



Introduction
 
In early 2009, fight promoter Monte Cox sought to bring the worlds of boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) together by promoting a boxing match in New Jersey between a representative from each sport. 1 Olympic gold medalist and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Heavyweight Champion Ray Mercer would represent boxing, while former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia would represent MMA. 2 Although both had impressive credentials in their respective forms of combat, 3 Mercer had significantly more experience in the boxing ring, as he had amassed a 36-7-1 record over his career, while Sylvia never competed in a professional boxing bout. 4

The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJACB), which would have been responsible for overseeing the fight, vetoed the bout by refusing to sanction it within the state. 5 Presumably, the NJACB acted under the authority of the New Jersey Administrative Code, which allows the NJACB to "disapprove any [boxing] match on the ground that it is not in the best interest of boxing or of the health of either of the combatants." 6 The Commissioner refused to comment publicly on why he vetoed the bout, 7 but it is possible that he was concerned about Sylvia's boxing inexperience and the fact that Mercer was a former world champion and gold medalist. 8

Undeterred, Cox rescheduled the fight to take place in Birmingham, Alabama. 9 At the time, Alabama did not have any ...
 
 
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