Australia’s Victorian Government’s “Cage Ban” Could Cost Them Millions
It seems that some areas of the world still don’t understand the sport of mixed martial arts.
The UFC is planning an event at Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium, but it seems that the Napthine Government is refusing to drop their state-wide “cage ban”. Tom Wright, UFC Director of Operations in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, spoke with News Ltd. and said that – if the cage ban isn’t overturned in the next four to eight weeks – the UFC will find somewhere else to go.
“If the state of Victoria doesn’t make a decision in the next four to eight weeks, we will have to move on,” Wright told News Ltd.
“It’s a global sport. We could be taking it to 50 other cities around the world. So if we can’t go to Melbourne, we will just have to say sorry and take it to one of the other places lining up.”
There is a possibility that the ban could be overturned in November after the state elections, but that could be too little, too late. The UFC already has a show booked in a few months for Etihad Stadium, and if the Coalition Government decides to uphold the ban, it looks like the UFC will be heading out of the area. A fairly foolish thing to let happen, considering the influx of revenue – typically tens of millions of dollars – that they would be missing out on.