As of right now, the Nevada Athletic Commission is preparing to extend a warm welcome to a brand-new form of combat sports.
During their monthly meeting on Tuesday, the NAC approved slap fighting as a sport to be governed and regulated by the state after hearing a proposal and presentation from UFC chief business officer Hunter Campbell.
Campbell, together with UFC president Dana White, Zuffa founders Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, UFC ownership group Endeavor, longstanding “The Ultimate Fighter” producer Craig Piligian, and other investors, presented the idea and led the debate for the first 13 minutes.
“We’ve spent the last year sort of beta-testing this in a controlled environment to really test and see the dynamic of how this would function as an actual league and real sport,” Campbell said.
“What we’ve found is that this is actually a skill sport that the participants, who are at a high level in this, are skilled athletes in. They train. They’re in good shape. They take it seriously, not dissimilar with what you see in MMA and boxing.”
“Again, our approach was similar to the UFC: Move toward regulation before this is an actual thing” Campbell said.
“… With any sort of combat when you’re taking shots to the head, to have it done in a way where there isn’t medical procedures and regulations put around it is an unsafe environment. The second issue is integrity of the sport. The other thing that we’ve seen is, you’ve seen instances where a guy might be 400 pounds, and he’s slapping a guy who’s 130 pounds. That’s also not what we’re looking to do.”
“Really the appeal (for the commission) today is to say we believe the athletic commission has the jurisdiction to regulate the sport. Our concern is they choose not to do it. As this grows, you’re going to see, I call it, ‘the sports bar slap contest,’ where you have two 56 year-old guys dropped at a bar, and they’re going to be slapping each other for $200 in prize money. Ultimately nothing will be done to prevent that. That’s sort of the appeal to the commission.”