Dana White’s Power Slap League will conclude this weekend with its championship matches in Las Vegas.
And while some have questioned the safety of this new combat sport, the former chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission says he regrets sanctioning the league.
Stephen Cloobeck, who resigned from his post in December, more than halfway through his two-year term, was present when the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) penalized White’s last effort.
But it’s a decision he now regrets.
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«I made a mistake,» Cloobeck told The Associated Press on Wednesday. «I’m not happy about it.»
White recently addressed concerns about the league, saying at a news conference Wednesday that his involvement is what likely sparked the outrage.
«The Las Vegas Review-Journal is talking about how embarrassed the Nevada State Athletic Commission should be for sanctioning Power Slap, right?» said the white. «The Nevada State Athletic Commission is the best athletic commission in the world. It’s not just because they’re in our hometown. If the equivalent of the Nevada State Athletic Commission were in Alaska, we’d go to them for approval, right?» ??
«It doesn’t matter what your opinions are on this. This has been going on for 10 years with no regulation. And what the athletic commission does is come in and oversee it, and they make sure all the health and safety precautions are taken.» , that everyone complies with it and does what they are supposed to do. These unregulated events are happening all over the world.»
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White defended the league’s medical tests, giving the example of a fighter who underwent tests to discover he had «a brain aneurysm.»
«We are informing you that the fight is off and this guy should never compete in a combat sport again. This is why health and safety is so important and why it should be regulated.»
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White announced during the press conference that the league has received approval to hold events in five states. The league also has the support of the commission and is awaiting approval in five additional states, and six more states have had discussions about it.