Bavarian State Office decides to ban the UFC broadcasts from German TV

After being aired for over a year on the German channel DFS it appears that the UFC is now banned from being aired in Germany. Apparently due to unacceptable levels of violence and taboo breaking the UFC will have no more air time in the land of Germany. According to the Bavarian state office for new media, punching of downed opponents is considered dirty and a breach of taboos. 

The UFC UK president had this to say:

“The Bavarian state office for new media has approved UFC programming on DSF twice on separate occasions in the past,” said Zelaznik. “That is why we deem the sudden ban unusual as the content of our programming has not changed. We have also had a commission for youth protection in the media review the situation and they deemed the broadcast legal if televised after 11 p.m.”

The Germans seem to believe that airing UFC events on television will somehow distort the minds of the country’s young people. So with the Germans the latest to lash out at the MMA organization it would seem the flood gates are now officially open for MMA-bashers world wide.


17 Comments

  1. Avatar of Daniel Cassidy

    Daniel Cassidy

    March 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    kinda shocked at this as wasnt ufc 99 in germany? those guys do have seriously strict censorship laws though, plenty of video games dont get released over there, so im hardly surprised

  2. Avatar of Warcrazed

    Warcrazed

    March 20, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    which fight is this picture from? it looks gnarly and kinda wanna check it out. is it penn vs stephenson?

  3. Avatar of grapplure

    grapplure

    March 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    dude dont get mad at them they trying to fix their rep lol!

  4. Avatar of Daniel Cassidy

    Daniel Cassidy

    March 20, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    yup, from ufc 80

  5. Avatar of Kackvogel

    Kackvogel

    March 20, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    i am from germany …and that sucks big time!!!!

  6. Avatar of hinrik

    hinrik

    March 21, 2010 at 4:42 am

    i am bavarian and i am so embarassed

  7. Avatar of cranestyle

    cranestyle

    March 21, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Epic fail! I live in Austria and enjoyed watching the UFC on DSF.

    While I understand the modern tendency to be over-protective, this is kind of sad. It’s not that it’s actually more dangerous, it’s just how it looks.

    Of course, it’s not taboo for a boxer to be allowed to stand back up after getting knocked down, and dramatically increase the chance for suffering brain damage.

    That doesn’t look so bad…until some poor b*stard collapses and dies in the ring. Happens at least once every year. But while it’s happening, it doesn’t break “taboos”. Please.

    I’m not a letter writer, but I think DSF needs to hear the dropped the ball on this one.

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    davies

    March 21, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    lol yeh germany i think we already seen what can do and its a billion times worse than mma! hypocrites

  9. Avatar of purinho

    purinho

    March 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    wrong

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    707

    March 21, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    haha who in that picture looks like either penn or stevenson??

  11. Avatar of 707

    707

    March 21, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Dude, you are an idiot. Who are they to decide? Whens its their country they are. and if they won the war I think we’d have a lil more to worry about than banned mma. War not caring who wins in vera vs jones just wanna see a knockout

  12. Avatar of ruster

    ruster

    March 21, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    i am bavarian and i am so ashamed for our country!!! MMA is definitely a sport !! the best one in the world !!!

  13. Avatar of likesfights

    likesfights

    March 21, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    looks more like chris litle

  14. Avatar of likesfights

    likesfights

    March 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    theres going to be alot of mad ufc fans over there…maybe dana white can send them all free ufc dvds of the fights

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    707

    March 21, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    yeah or maybe even pete sell

  16. Avatar of Warcrazed

    Warcrazed

    March 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    the picture changed, it was stephenson on his knees with his face covered, and i mean covered in blood. Ive seen the fight before i just couldnt remember who it was against and id like to check it out again. I have no idea who the guy in the new picture is

  17. Avatar of ruster

    ruster

    March 22, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    hell yeah !!!!!

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