- Jul 9, 2008
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- Covington, WA
Totally agree. I think if MMA focused on amateurs who aren't locked into a contract with an organization, it would be relatively easy to create an international governing body, agreed upon rules, and entice countries to create some national organizations. This would probably involve additional safety gear (e.g., shin guards, possibly head gear as with boxing, etc). But it could be done.Must Thai isn't too violent for the Olympics, it's been recognised as a sport that could be in the Olympics. It just needs a host country to choose bring it in.
The hold up for MMA is all procedural, we need one international committee in charge with at least 50 affiliated national authorities. Everything has to be standardised, from the fight rules (many follow the UFC ones with their own bits added or taken away) to the referees and judges training. There'll have to be qualifications for all officials then the gloves, shorts, tops, etc all standardised. Cage or ring? Some fight promotions have rings because they are cheaper to get hold of. Official drug testing, then the organisations have to sign up to uphold 'Olympic values'. Most of this isn't necessarily a bad thing but it's going to take a lot of organising worldwide, I don't know if it's possible, at least for a long time.
I just don't know if there's any real desire to do this. Most amateurs with any potential are going to fight... maybe 5 or so amateur bouts and want to turn pro as quickly as possible. It's not like in boxing, where someone might have 20 amateur bouts or more before deciding to become a pro.