Major Dublin MMA event postponed to allow for new medical guidelines
A huge mixed martial arts event due to take place next month at the Three Arena has been postponed.
BAMMA 26 was due to take place on June 4 but has been pushed back to September 10 after the organisers consulted with sporting, medical and political bodies.
The delay is to allow for the implementation of new safety procedures which will involve mandatory pre-fight MRI/MRA scans for participants.
In a statement, BAMMA confirmed that, "As most of you are aware, the recent tragedy that occurred within Irish MMA has led to numerous ongoing discussions in regard to regulation and how to make the sport safer for participants.
"Whilst no regulation has currently been announced, discussions with leading experts in the medical field have led BAMMA to make the decision to introduce mandatory pre fight MRI/MRA scans for fighters.
"This means that every BAMMA fighter will be subject to an annual MRI/MRA scan which will serve as important additional protection for the fighter, whilst bringing BAMMA events even closer to NSAC standards."
The statement continues: "After consultation within the Irish sporting, medical and political community, a consensus has been reached that it is vital to introduce these scans for the BAMMA 26 event. With this in mind, and to allow the facilitation of these scans for ALL fighters, a decision has been made to move the BAMMA 26 event from June 4th to September 10th. This will leave 3 months of preparation for fighters to organise scans and for them to be reviewed by relevant medical experts."
The decision comes just under a month after the tragic death of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho.
Carvalho died from injuries sustained during a welterweight contest at Total Extreme Fighting 1 at the National Stadium on April 9.
The tragedy sparked widespread debate over safety procedures and regulation of MMA events.