The ABC and Good Ol Boys

Follow the money

Edward Carbajal

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Photo by Alexander Grey on Unsplash

This week the Association of Boxing and Combative Sports (ABC)decided to come at Colorado over their allowance of the Global MMA ruleset that ONE Championship uses. You can see the breakdown of the rules they use here on their website, but the main thing is knees to the head of a grounded opponent.

Erik Magraken who runs the Combat Sports Law blog sent out a post that the ABC is pushing Colorado to roll back their approval with a laundry list of reasons why they feel they should not allow it. You can see the letter posted on Magraken’s blog here.

When this news was coming out, Matt Hawkins and I were getting ready to record this week’s podcast and our immediate reaction was this:

Marc Ratner is the UFC’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, before that he was Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. This past July the ABC held their convention in Las Vegas, the home base for the UFC, and the UFC’s Chief Business Officer, Hunter Campbell held a panel where he pretty much advocated for Slap Fighting and answered questions from various commissions. You can read the transcript at MMA Junkie but it’s pretty clear where he stands. He stands with the money, as does Ratner and Nevada. Considering the 40 minutes the ABC gave him and where they hold the convention, so does the ABC.

There’s a scene in “Casino”, the 1995 film directed by Martin Scorsese that’s based on the book by Nicholas Pileggi about how the Mafia ran Las Vegas in the 70s and 80s. In the film, Rober Deniro plats Sam “Ace” Rothstein, sent to Vegas from the Chicago outfit of the mob to “run things” out there. There’s a scene where he is visited by Pat Webb, the Clark County Commission Chairman who says to Rothstein in his office when he refuses a favor to him;

“Mr. Rothstein your people never will understand the way it works out here. You’re all just our guests but you act like you’re at home. Let me tell you something partner, you ain’t home but that’s where we’re going to send you if it hair lips the governor. Thank you for your time.”

This letter from the ABC is equivalent to that scene. The UFC, with its newly created TKO brand that pretty much controls the pro wrestling and MMA market just flexed its connections. Hopefully, Colorado sticks to their guns.

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Edward Carbajal

Interests in Martial Arts, Literature, Civil War History, Horror. Contributor to; Sherdog, MyMMAnews.com, One37 PM & TheBlogboardJungle.com