Rep. Bryan Stevenson, R-Webb City, told Associated Press that allowing children to participate in cage fighting "borders on child abuse."
Stevenson is a co-sponsor of a bill sponsored by Rep. Steve Hunter, R-Joplin, which would outlaw ultimate fighting for those under 18:
The sport is a blend of martial arts styles made popular by cable television's "Ultimate Fighting Championship." Republican state Reps. Bryan Stevenson of Webb City and Steve Hunter of Joplin introduced the measure Monday, days after an Associated Press report about the practice.
"I think it borders on child abuse. I just don't think it's appropriate behavior at all," said Stevenson, adding that he has never attended a youth fight but has seen video clips.