The state government of Western Australia recently banned the use
of cages at mixed martial arts events.
According to a report from The West Australian daily newspaper, the
state’s Department of Sport and Recreation commissioners met with
promoters and gym owners to inform them of the change, which will
be enforced beginning March 1. Of the seven major Australian
states, including the Northern Territory, Western Australia becomes
the second state to prohibit the use of the cage, the first being
Victoria roughly five years ago. Western Australia is home to
approximately 2.4 million people, making up roughly 10 percent of
the country’s overall population.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has visited Australia four times
in total, debuting Down Under in February 2010. The promotion has
thrice visited Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales, last
hosting UFC on FX 2 this past March. Most recently, the
organization ventured to Queensland on Dec. 15 for UFC on FX 6,
which took place at the Gold Coast Convention Centre and saw
Pearson earn a second-round technical knockout of fellow
“Ultimate Fighter: Smashes” coach George
Sotiropoulos in the main event.