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Flexing muscle: Michigan MMA regulator threatens to shut event over $5 parking

January 22, 2020, 9:10 AM

A Michigan mixed martial arts and boxing regulator is accused of having flexed the wrong kind of muscle when he threatened to shut down a recent event where he wasn't given free parking and demanded another be moved because organizers wouldn't accommodate a ringside seat for his guest.

The Detroit News discovered the promoter complaints against Unarmed Combat Commission member Brian Hundley, which were filed with the state's Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. The 11-member commission is unpaid and appointed by the governor.

On Nov. 16, Hundley, angered at having to pay $5 to park at an MMA event, allegedly told a promoter "he doesn't have to pay because he will just shut down" the "show anytime he wishes." In 2018, he allegedly told a promoter to move future events to a location that could accomodate free VIP seats for both him and a guest. 

Hundley, a businessman who was appointed by former Gov. Rick Snyder, denied wrongdoing when reached by The News.

The head of the Unarmed Combat Commission resigned after being contacted by the paper. 

Read more:  The Detroit News

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