What if it becomes an Olympic sport one day?? Just imagine

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Slap fighting has recently gained recognition as a competitive sport, joining the ranks of cornhole tossing and pickleball. While unregulated matches have been held for years, the Nevada Athletic Commission officially sanctioned slap fighting as a sport in October. This step towards legitimacy has led to increased exposure, with matches being televised on TBS in a show called "Power Slap," and UFC President Dana White acting as the lead promoter for the Power Slap League.

The rules of slap fighting involve two opponents striking each other in the face until one submits or is knocked out. Points are awarded based on the force of the slaps, with matches lasting for three to five rounds. Competitors, also known as "strikers," have the opportunity to win significant cash prizes ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.

Notable competitors in the Power Slap League include Darius "The Destroyer" Mata-Varona, Christapher "Ko Chris" Thomas, Vernon "The Mechanic" Cathey, and Mike "Slap Jesus" Smith. While the sport has gained popularity, particularly on social media platforms in Europe, concerns have been raised about the safety of participants due to the brutal nature of the competition.

The Nevada Athletic Commission has implemented stricter rules to mitigate risks, including prohibiting strikes below the chin and requiring video review of all slaps for compliance. The Power Slap League has emphasized the importance of athlete safety, ensuring that proper medical attention is available both during and after matches.

However, the Brain Injury Association of America has called for the suspension of slap fighting, citing concerns about repeated concussions for the sake of entertainment. The BIAA argues that the rules of the sport do not prioritize athlete safety and question the approval process that allowed slap fighting to become an officially sanctioned competition. Despite these criticisms, the Power Slap League continues to attract a following and maintain its status as a growing sport within the competitive landscape.