Jul 23, 2013 9:13 PM GMT
The first sanctioned MMA bout between disabled opponents will take place in Florida in August. One fighter has Down Syndrome. The other has mild cerebral palsy. There has been an outcry from people saying their disabilities should rule out a fight (including the Florida Boxing Commission and the promoter's financier). I really don't see this as much different from Special Olympics. I say good for them for breaking barriers and challenging restrictions other people have set. My only problem is the bout seems wildly overmatched. The guy with cerebral palsy has competed in the Special Olympics (although I'm not sure in what event since the Special Olympics doesn't hold MMA competitions) and the Paralympics as well as competing in Muay Thai competitions. The guy with Down syndrome has only fought in two exhibitions.