Posted on: October 26, 2022, 01:16h.
Last update: October 26, 2022, 02:08 a.m.
It’s not just for the Three Stooges anymore. Slap fights are now a real licensed activity in Nevada. The latest combat sports venture the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was approved as a sport by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) at its last public meeting.
The UFC would launch Dana White’s Power Slap League with inaugural matches before the end of the year.
The slap fight is exactly what it sounds like. Two fighters, standing within arm’s reach of each other, take turns punching their opponents in the face with an open hand. The event is won when a slapper gives up or loses consciousness. Observers support each slapper in case this happens.
The committee’s vote came after a speech by UFC chief commercial officer Hunter Campbell, who is part of an investment group that owns the league along with White, former UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, the UFC ownership group Endeavor and television producer Craig Piligian.
“We spent the last year testing this in a controlled environment to really test and see the dynamics of how it would work as a real league and a real sport,” Campbell said, according to mmajunkie.usatoday.com, who broke the story. “What we discovered is that it is actually a skill sport in which the participants, who are at a high level, are skillful athletes. They are training. They are in good shape. They take it seriously, which is no different than what you see in MMA and boxing.
The group plans to begin hosting Dana White’s Power Slap League events at UFC Apex in Las Vegas beginning Nov. 11, 2022. The first events will be behind closed doors, but Campbell said there are plans to hold them. eventually open to the paying public.
How the UFC Convinced Nevada
No slap was needed to convince the CNA. Campbell simply argued for the need for the state to regulate a sport that is growing in popularity but mostly occurs in warehouses with limited matchmaking safety and integrity. He said that under UFC control, slap stealing would be based on a set of rules similar to MMA fighting – including no hitting on the back of the head or eye gouging. Additionally, he would have similar medical requirements, weight classes, and pairing.
The whole process reportedly took 13 minutes, including Campbell’s pitch. NAC President Stephen Cloobeck called a video he watched of the slapping beta test “very entertaining” and praised the involvement of “professionals who know what they are doing”.
Campbell told the NAC that a deal is being finalized with “a major network partner” to broadcast events.