American Neuroscientist Steps In Against Slap Fighting as New Sport Goes Viral After Dana White’s Power Slap League

Published 01/20/2023, 4:53 PM EST

Doctors across the globe and experts on concussions have spoken out against the brutal sport of slap fighting. This violent form of combat has recently gained popularity in the United States. However, doctors argue that it poses a significant risk to participants’ health and safety. Moreover, this comes to the light after one of the biggest promoters in combat sports, Dana White launches his own Power Slap League. White will have to be wary of these concerns.

On Monday, a slap fighting event in Romania drew widespread attention when footage of the event was shared online. The video showed one participant, Sorin Comsa, with a disfigured face covered in chalk and blood. His cheek was swollen and his face was barely recognizable. Such images are a stark reminder of the damage that this violent sport can inflict. Doctors urge caution and urge people to rethink their participation in slap fighting. The dangers of the sport are too significant to ignore, and the risks far outweigh any potential rewards.

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Slap Happy? Not So Fast – Dana White faces concerns over new promotion.

Chris Nowinski, a former professional wrestler, and co-founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation has shared his thoughts on the recent slap fighting event. He acknowledges that adults have the right to make their own choices, but he believes that head hits without proper defense are both dangerous and exploitative.

In a tweet, Nowinski stated, “I believe adults can choose to do dangerous jobs if they understand the risks and reasonable efforts are made to protect them.” He then goes on to say, “But head hits with no defense is just sad. It reminds us that people who don’t take the risks often exploit those who do.

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Nowinski’s comments highlight the importance of protecting participants in such dangerous sports. In addition, without proper defense and understanding of the risks, slap fighting can cause serious harm to the individuals involved.

As a former professional wrestler and concussion expert, Nowinski’s perspective on the issue carries weight. This might raise a few eyebrows at the UFC president’s new event.

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A sports doctor shares his concern as Power Slap League of White completes its first event

Dr. Brian Sutterer, a sports doctor, has expressed his strong opposition to the sport of slap fighting. He believes it to be the most senseless sport in the world and argues that no commission should support it.

What do we always say here in combat sports, whether it’s boxing, mixed martial arts or whatever? It’s ‘protect yourself at all times,” says Dr. Sutterer. He goes on to point out the many dangers and risks associated with slap fighting. Moreover, the fact that participants are not allowed to defend themselves makes it even more absurd.

LAS VEGAS, NV- SEPTEMBER 13: Dana White speaks to the media following week 8 of the Dana White Contender Series on September 13, 2022, at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. Photo by Amy Kaplan/Icon Sportswire MMA: SEP 13 UFC – Dana White s Contender Series Icon220913575

Dr. Sutterer’s warning highlights the importance of safety and protection in combat sports. The sport of slap fighting is not only senseless but also poses a significant risk to participants’ health. Thus, it’s crucial that we listen to the experts and take their advice seriously.

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Himakshu Vyas

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Himakshu Vyas is a Combat Sports author at Essentiallysports. He is passionate about sports, with soccer and MMA being the sports he is most involved in. Aside from that, he follows the global soccer scene.

Edited By: Vineet Nandwana

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