Youth mixed martial arts matches with no head contact rules are increasing in popularity in California, but as seen in this ABC News Nightline piece, California State Athletic Commissioner Andy Foster is taking steps to prevent the bouts. Children as young as five are taking part in the contests.
"I'm okay with them practicing with their coaches," explains Foster. "But when they step into a competitive area, and they use full contact blows to damage the other person, that's how they win, then it becomes a problem."
Foster is making huge strides in turning around the MMA scene in California, bringing the CSAC back from the brink of collapse, and will undoubtedly bring the events into compliance.
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