It’s always a bit of a time warp when the UFC goes to new countries and has the local media flip out like it’s 1996. Listening to the stupidity coming out of Germany in preparation for UFC 99, you’d think the UFC was run by Hitler or something:
The story noted that in March, Cologne’s city council tried to ban the event, claiming it was too violent. Cologne mayor Manfred Wolf said there was no law in place that would allow them to ban the show. Several citizens started a petition to try and ban the event, claiming that by virtue of it being held in a major arena, that would give the message that MMA is socially acceptable.
“We have to ban this insanity,” said Werner Schneyder,” a well-known German boxing announcer. “We have to accept crippled fighters and deaths. They are trying to sell brutality as something impressive.”
The result of all this? The event will still go on but no one under the age of 18 will be allowed to attend. Hopefully this should stop Germany from coming under seige by crazed kids hopped up on violence after the event. That’s been a fucking HUGE problem everywhere else the UFC has travelled after all, so I’m glad someone really intelligent has finally started thinking about the children.