According to a Sept. 13 report from Fox Sports, Louisiana's Boxing and Wrestling Commission passed a rule this week prohibiting MMA fighters with breast implants from competing in their state unless they receive clearance from the doctor who performed their surgery.
The issue surrounding the newly imposed rule originated when an unnamed female fighter in Louisiana withdrew from a scheduled bout due to a problem with her breast implant. That issue apparently raised concerns over who would be financially responsible if such a problem occurred during the course of a state-sanctioned match.
“If they want to look good, then they don’t have to be in the ring,” commissioner Harold Williams said.
For now, any woman with breast implants who hopes to compete in Louisiana will have to have their cosmetic surgeon sign off on the matter, and commission doctor Thomas Ferguson doesn’t think there’s much chance of that happening.
“I don’t know of a single plastic surgeon who is going to allow his artistic work to be messed up,” he said of the situation.
Fight fans are up-and-arms about the matter, as it's pretty clear that Louisiana's Boxing and Wrestling Commission made a huge mistake passing this measure.
Many female MMA fighters supplement their income with side work in modeling or advertising, and physical appearance is important in both jobs.
Louisiana's Boxing and Wrestling Commission clearly has a problem with WMMA fighters celebrating the female athletic build in a positive and classy manner.
Breast augmentation surgery can improve appearance, boost confidence and self-esteem, as well as improve a fighter's marketability.
Women feel more confident after the procedure, and the vast majority of women say it was definitely worth it after having it done.
WMMA fighters should have the opportunity to celebrate the female athletic form with this surgery, in order to maintain a competitive edge in obtaining potential sponsorships. It's a shame they will be banned from actively competing in MMA in Louisiana.