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Must Be 18 To Vote, Buy Tobacco, Attend UFC 99

Lanxess Arena, Cologne, GermanyCro Cop may finally be back, but that doesn’t mean everything is hunky-dory over in Germany for UFC 99.

First, there was that Cologne City Council member who proclaimed his utter disgust with the UFC for bringing their “death legitimizing” sport to town. Now comes a major (inaccurate) front-page news story that was so damaging to the UFC they’ve been forced to ban anyone under the age of 18 from attending the show. Seriously.

A front-page article on Sunday in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, one of the country’s biggest newspapers, has led to a slew of negative publicity in the country. This resulted in UFC agreeing to ban anyone under the age of 18 from attending the show at the Laxness Arena after the head of a local child protection commission pushed for it.

In Monday’s edition of BILD, the country’s biggest newspaper, Marek Lieberberg, UFC’s local promoter, said child protective services of Cologne asked for a ban on minors’ attendance at the card, and he accepted it. However, the article itself had incorrect information, stating that everything is legal in UFC fights with the exception of biting and eye poking.

Apparently, it’s not that big of a deal for the UFC though since there isn’t a significant number of minors that attend their shows anyways. (Teenagers don’t have a few hundred dollars to spare? Heh, imagine that.) Still, it’s just another example of the ridiculous never-ending battle the UFC must fight in every new city, state and country they travel to.

They’ll come around though. They always do. Bruce Buffer may just want to refrain this one time though from bellowing out Wanderlei Silva’s nickname.

Nah, screw it Buffer, take a deep breath and give it all you got. Do it for Manford Wolf.

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