Biggest Names In Combat Sports Meeting on Capital Hill for Brain Study

January 28, 2014 6:22 am by Kenya Owens

On February 4th, some of the biggest names in fighting, Top Rank Boxing, Golden Boy Promotions, Viacom (representing Bellator MMA and GLORY kickboxing) and the Ultimate Fighting Championships,will all be gathering on Capital Hill in Washington, DC to announce unification in the support for the Cleveland Clinic Professional Fighters Brain Health Study.

“In an unprecedented move, fierce competitors in the ring will put aside their long-standing rivalries to ensure research continues in a landmark study for professional fighters,” said the official press release.

Expected to be in attendance for this press event are UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Glover Teixeira, Michael Chandler and Bernard Hopkins, as well as Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Harry Reid (D-NV).

“Cleveland Clinic will announce it has received ongoing support to continue its Professional Fighters Brain Health Study from boxing entities Golden Boy Promotions and Top Rank and mixed martial arts programs Ultimate Fighting Championship and Spike TV’s Bellator MMA and GLORY kickboxing. They will be joined by Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and John McCain (R-AZ) who will show their support for the study by joining executives from Cleveland Clinic, the fighting organizations at the announcement and several champions and top contenders. Sen. Reid was an amateur boxer in his youth, and Sen. McCain boxed at the U.S. Naval Academy and has been involved in legislation related to boxing since the mid-1990s.”

Since 2011, the Professional Fighters’ Brain Study has examined the impact of fight sports on the brain, in regards to speech, reasoning, and other brain activity that could be effected by repeated trauma.

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