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Cage fighters eye Perth Arena title bout

Holly Holm’s defeat of Ronda Rousey drew a huge crowd in Melbourne.
Holly Holm’s defeat of Ronda Rousey drew a huge crowd in Melbourne.Picture: Picture: Getty Images

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is giving serious consideration to bringing a title fight to Perth after Labor’s election win started a new chapter for mixed martial arts in WA.

Premier-elect Mark McGowan will fulfil an election vow when he lifts the ban on the “cage” in MMA. The Barnett Government imposed the ban in 2013 against the safety advice of its Combat Sports Commission.

WA is the only place in the world where MMA is legal but the fencing is not. It prompted promising fighters to move east and led to several safety scares at local events held in modified boxing rings.

A change of government could allow the currently banned sport to be staged in Perth

UFC senior vice-president and head of international and content Joe Carr said Perth would host an event early next year, most likely at Perth Arena. He urged WA fighters to start making their case for a UFC debut.

“We’ll be there regardless but the question is do we make an even bigger splash with a pay-per-view event like we did in Melbourne?” Mr Carr said.

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