Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Greenlands Labour Club in Preston, Lancashire, hosted a ticket-only fight night that included the eight-year-olds' bout which lasted 10 minutes.

At one point, one of the children appears to burst into tears, and medical staff are called in to check them. None of the children are wearing headgear or padding, but the organisers pointed out that they were not allowed to kick or punch each other and that it had been "an extremely good event."

The sport, also known as Mixed Martial Arts, encompasses a range of martial arts that are used during bouts in cages.

Paul Jackson, manager of Warriors gym in nearby Plungington said: "The main question I would ask is why were the parents allowing them to do that? I wouldn't really agree with anything like it.

"The kids were there to fight; they have fought before. The parents were there. Would people rather these kids were out on the streets with guns and knives?"


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