Regulated MMA in Wisconsin starts 9/1, cage ONLY

by David Nelmark | source:

 Wisconsin MMA and the Ring vs. Cage Debate

The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel published this article about the Wisconsin MMA regulations about to go into effect on September 1.  Most of the rules seem pretty typical.  One that caught my eye, however, is a requirement that matches take place in "enclosed cages" in order to "prevent falls."

Such a regulation would certainly have the approval of Zuffa, which is the parent organization for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC).  Other organizations including Canada's biggest MMA Promotion, Maximum Fighting Championships, would disagree.   MFC issued a press release in June stating: "When not inside the unforgiving walls of a cage, fighters are forced to move and press the action. There’s none of the wedged-into-the-cage ground-and-pound or wall wrestling, there’s more stand-up fighting, more movement, and more overall excitement."

My personal preference is for a cage.  I enjoy the additional techniques it brings into play, and I quickly grow frustrated with the re-positioning that is required when fighters get tangled up in the ropes of a ring.

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bismanfightclub site profile image  

8/17/10 12:52 PM by bismanfightclub

 Zuffa doesn't require payment for use of the Octagon.  They waived that to help try and standardize the sport.

JKaz site profile image  

8/17/10 11:54 AM by JKaz

 I'm from WI....Love the Cage vs the Ring...and am good with this rule!

Hessian site profile image  

8/17/10 11:51 AM by Hessian

My concern is what appears to be happening in Canada. The wording used is Ocatgon. Which means you have to use Zuffa cage and every time you do you have to pay the Zuffa machine or get their permission.Stiffles growth in my opinion.

Revolvah site profile image  

8/17/10 5:28 AM by Revolvah

Rings and their ropes are only good for pure stand up bouts.Once the possibility of fights occurring at any position other than a straight up two point stance arises, rings become bad.

USAF Imagery Analyst site profile image  

8/16/10 10:24 PM by USAF Imagery Analyst

As long as the promotion can produce exciting fights, I couldn't care less what they fight in or what surface they fight on. Good news for MMA in Wisconsin none-the-less.TJ IA/Sensor Operator SSgt

mose site profile image  

8/16/10 9:06 PM by mose

Personally, the only MMA I want to watch in a ring are my old Pride DVD's. No interest in seeing the ring used going forward.

Fillups422 site profile image  

8/16/10 8:23 PM by Fillups422

There are a good amount of small promotions in Wisconsin, the ones I know about in southern Wisconsin all use cages.

bismanfightclub site profile image  

8/16/10 8:23 PM by bismanfightclub

Rings suck. You can make the cage an octagon, hexagon, or circle, but no rings!

Benwahwah site profile image  

8/16/10 8:20 PM by Benwahwah

I agree that it was probably heavily influenced by Zuffa but I do think that a cage is a lot safer than a ring.My only concern is that it may well squeeze out the smaller promoters who are the people who usually give the future superstars their first run out and much needed experience. Even if it is in a ring it will help.

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8/16/10 8:09 PM by Fillups422

I am pretty sure that this is specifically worded like this because of Zuffa's lobbying. In order for MMA legislation to get approved it takes a lot of money being thrown around to both political parties to even get someone to write up the bills and put it on the table to even be voted on. Zuffa throwing money around in these states is bound to have an affect, I think this is one case in particular where the influence has shone through.