The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has voted unanimously to endorse bareknuckle fighting and Power Slap.
The commission voted 6-0 for both sports. Bareknuckle fighting has now been approved in New York, Florida and Utah, while the vote for Power Slap was just for California. BKFC plans on having a card in California next spring.
Guess what state just legalized BKFC?! HUGE event planned now for spring of 2024!
— Bare Knuckle FC (@bareknucklefc) December 9, 2023
“It is a very dumb, very stupid and unsafe. It is primitive. To me, such a sport is inconsistent with the intelligence of humans. It is possible that a participant could die from this. Somebody could die or suffer catastrophic brain damage and become a vegetable. How can he [Dana White] make that statement? It is silly, given what we know about concussion and blunt force trauma to the head. Why is TBS showing such a primitive sport? It should not be on TV,” Omalu said
“The governing bodies of (other) sports have made strides in recent years to preserve the history and tradition of physical activity while seeking to understand the causes of CTE and implement appropriate safety precautions. The Power Slap makes no similar good faith effort to do the same while exposing participants to brain trauma without protective measures,” the letter said