MMA’s New Jersey Athletic Control Board Chief Physician Sheryl Wulkan says that “Combat sports have an inherent danger in and of themselves. We’re trying to minimize risks.”
Dr. Wulkan has found that some fighters banned in New Jersey for health reasons go to New York to compete. “We found that they were in fact fighting with Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and in one case, HIV,” says Wulkan. She has also found fighters in New York competing with brain injuries, heart conditions, and retinal tears.”
UPDATE: Mixed martial arts has since been regulated in the state of New York.