Lee Hasdell - Promoter - Media Criticism

Media Criticism

The events was the source of some criticism in the UK with critics arguing for an outright ban or better regulation of the events. Hasdell responded to the complaints, arguing "In Japan you are seen as an athlete. Here there is this taboo. It's always on the fringe. I admit it's dangerous but that adds to the thrill of taking part and watching. The sport's appeal is the fact that it is the most dangerous martial art in this country which is a pull for audiences, half of which are women. But all the fighters are properly trained, the rule book is 32 pages long, and there is not much contact to the head.".

Hasdell's events were also criticised on Trevor McDonald's Tonight programme on 22 July 1999. During this time Hasdell featured on Nightlife LWT and other News programmes. The events were often compared to the Ultimate Fighting Championships, which at the time had very few rules compared to Hasdell's "Total Fighting", which was based on Vale Tudo and RINGS rules matches. Criticism of Hasdell's events continued and on 15 March 2000, Lee Hasdell, Dexter Casey and Lee Murray appeared on Johnny Vaughan's The Big Breakfast.

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