Bare-knuckle boxing in an ice rink is now a professional sport
Ice hockey law enforcement let their fists fly inside the rink during a brutal no-holds-barred combat sports event called Ice Wars in Canada.
The bizarre competition sees men from across the country – often of varying shapes and sizes – battling it out like Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em robots.
Ice Wars, or to give it its full name “Ice Wars International”, combines boxingice hockey and mixed martial arts.
According to the rules, headbutting, kicking and biting are strictly prohibited, while competitors must also not pull their opponent’s hair, knee or trip them.
They’re also not allowed to hold the gloves to each other, which is worth pointing out that they’re little more than hand wraps.
Helmets and gloves must also remain in place at all times during a fight.
The organization was formed in January and last weekend hosted its first trade show in Edmonton, Alberta.
Broadcast partner FITE TV, which owns the broadcast rights, shared footage taken during its inaugural pay-per-view event.
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And it shows two men fighting against each other in front of a noisy crowd.
The video has been retweeted over 100 times, liked by nearly 500 people and viewed over 100,000 times.
But AJ Galante, the league’s president and founder, admits it’s not for everyone.
Galanta told Yahoo! Sports: “It’s a play on something that’s part of hockey history and lore — but it’s not hockey.
“It’s not going to be for everyone, but I think there’s a huge market for it, and I think we’re going to do something special.
“We are taking as many precautions as possible.
“You’re into a combat sport, you want exciting fights, you want entertainment, you want to have fun…but at the forefront…for everyone involved, player safety has been the number one thing.
“We prioritize player safety, I think we are safer than the current NHL.
“It’s not a cockfight, we actually did a lot of thinking and looking at a lot of data.
“Of course there will always be this inherent danger, it’s not ballet.
“These guys know what they’re getting into, but believe me, no one is hoping anyone gets hurt, but that’s the nature of a combat sport unfortunately.”
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