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Fans 17 and Under Banned from Attending UFC 99 in Germany

UFC 99 The Comeback PosterThe UFC has agreed to ban fans 17 and younger from entering the Lanxess Arena on June 13th in Cologne, Germany to watch UFC 99: The Comeback, which is headlined by Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva.

Here’s an excerpt from a Yahoo! Sports report on the ban:

A front-page article on Sunday in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, one of the country’s biggest newspapers, has led to a slew of negative publicity in the country. This resulted in the arena agreeing to ban anyone under the age of 18 from attending the show at the Laxness Arena after the head of a local child protection commission pushed for it.

In Monday’s edition of BILD, the country’s biggest newspaper, Marek Lieberberg, UFC’s local promoter, said child protective services of Cologne asked for a ban on minors’ attendance at the card, and he accepted it. However, the article itself had incorrect information, stating that everything is legal in UFC fights with the exception of biting and eye poking.

7,200 tickets, for a live gate just shy of $1 million, have been sold thus far for the card, which has been plagued by a lack of public and media support, inlcuding attempts the ban the event earlier this year. The Lanxess Arena can accomodate up to 18,000 spectators.

Yesterday, heavyweight Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic announced he’d be returning to the Octagon at UFC 99 to take on Mustapha Al-Turk.

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