The Louisiana State Boxing and Wrestling Commission has passed an emergency rule banning women who have had breast augmentation surgery (breast implants) from participating in matches. One assumes that by matches, the commission is referring to both MMA and boxing matches.
The emergency rule has been triggered by the withdrawal of female fighter from a scheduled bout, who did so, because of a problem with her implant(s).
As Nola.com is reporting, the moratorium itself is set to stand for 60 days, during which time the commission intends to research what other states are doing regarding the issue and with an eye to either banning said fighters from participating in combat sports altogether, or to at least have them sign a waiver of indemnification. As it stands right now, having female fighters sign a waiver seems to be the modus operandi of most commissions.
As Dr. Thomas Ferguson, who’s a member of the commission stated, “those redo surgeries are more complicated and expensive” and by extension, the logic would be that if a woman ruptured one of her implants in the ring that the commission / state might be on the hook for the bill.
To sum it up, as Commissioner Harold Williams remarked, "if they want to look good, then they don't have to be in the ring.”
For my part, I have to say that I’ve never considered the issue, but I can well understand the commission’s point and their concerns. As such, this is the type of thing that should give female fighters who either have implants or are considering getting them, pause for concern and reflection.
On a related note, we should hope that the commission(s) never looks to extend their ban(s) to the Octagon “ring girls”. For if they were to do so, we might be left with only one or none, of the scantily clad card holders.
In conclusion, just when we thought that the only thing that we had to worry about (as fans) was PEDs’, TRT, pot, and which is better VADA or WADA, we now have to be concerned about whether or not a female fighter’s augmentation might rupture in the cage. If so, all we can hope is that it doesn’t end up on the canvas.
Outer photo courtesy of The Times-Picayune