The death of Michael Kirkham on June 26, the second mixed martial arts death in a sanctioned event in U.S. history, has been a wake up call to the dangers of insufficient regulation, the ramifications of combatants not being forthcoming on licensing applications and the landscape of the sport where new states are approving and local promoters promoting when maybe neither fully understand the tragic consequences of cutting corners.

But UFC president Dana White insists mixed martial arts is not only safe, but the safest sport in the world when correctly regulated.

?This is the safest sport in the world when done properly,? White said when asked about the unfortunate passing of Kirkham...read more