Kids in Cage Match
Mixed martial arts (MMA) has become popular in recent years. Its so popular, in fact, that exhibition matches have been popping up across the world. One such match, in Canada, has garnered a great deal of controversy.
The event, designed to entertain adults, featured cage matches between children as young as eight.
“It’s not like the MMA you see in the movies, or what you see on TV,” said John Williams, the Canadian representative for amateur mixed martial arts.
The fights are “extremely safe,” he said, because the children have “lots of equipment on.”
“Violence is exciting. That’s why we have action movies, they pump us up. Children should not be pumping us up by beating each other up,” he said.
Williams notes that the Muncton boxing commision has approved the rules, but psychologist Charles Emmrys told the CBC he disapproves of the fighting, especially for the entertainment of others.
“When parents are talking about encouraging kids to beat up other kids, well that’s called encouraging a bully to be a bully.”
As a precaution, two ambulances and a doctor were on hand to handle injuries. The children were wearing safety equipment and trained in the rules of the bout.
Public outcry has not lead to any policy changes. More events are being planned across Canada. Future events will continue to include children and teens.