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New amateur MMA safety regulations considered

4 years ago November 16, 2011 Nov 16, 2011 Wednesday, November 16 2011 Wednesday, November 16, 2011 4:24:44 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Mike Steele

BATON ROUGE- The state boxing commission wants to make sure amateur, mixed martial arts regulations are as strong as professional levels.

Commission members tell News 2 Louisiana was one of the first states to implement pro standards years ago.  They discussed several changes at a meeting today.  One may require an amateur to change his status after a set number of fights.

Trainers at L. A. Boxing in Baton Rouge say safety is also their number-one concern.  Trainer Thomas Webb says the sport has evolved over the years.  Webb says many people wanted to train to compete when professional UFC fights became popular.  Now trainers say many people train in an MMA style for the workout. 

Trainer Kevin Bellard operates most of L A Boxing's kids programs.  The business works with young people between 7 and 12.  Bellard says safety measures go all the way down to language used in workouts.  Partners are called friends instead of using words like enemy or opponent.

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