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Ultimate Fighting Championships do not fuel violence

Greg Atzori - Eternal MMA Lightweight Champion. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Greg Atzori - Eternal MMA Lightweight Champion. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

ULTIMATE Fighting Championships and other Mixed Martial Arts promotions should not be blamed for anti social, violent behaviour.

Video surfaced of a brawl at a Melbourne pub after UFC 194, at which Conor McGregor knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds, and media reports blamed MMA.

Greg Atzori admitted it came across as a violent sport, but said it was lazy to blame MMA.

"Unfortunately we live in a society where we're going to see that (violence), especially when it's alcohol-fuelled," he said.

"This sport has taught me that if I drink I'm not as fit as I could be.

"You can't blame a sport for influencing people - to me that's lazy and it's making excuses. To me, it was that person and that person got in a fight and they're at fault; you can't just blame something else."

Atzori said MMA's rules and regulations made it a far safer sport.

"I know if I step in there and I'm getting hit really hard, we have a rule called sensibly defending yourself," Atzori said.

"If you're covering up the ref stops the fight then and there. In a street fight you don't have any of that - there's no ref there. To me there's no comparison, but in saying that there will always be comparison in the media."

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