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Miesha Tate (top) battles with Hitomi Akano of Japan in the Strikeforce Women's Welterweight Tournament Championship bout at Dodge Theater on Aug. 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Ariz. (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Miesha Tate (top) battles with Hitomi Akano of Japan in the Strikeforce Women’s Welterweight Tournament Championship bout at Dodge Theater on Aug. 13, 2010 in Phoenix, Ariz. (credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)


NEW ORLEANS, La. (CBS Houston) — Women who have breast implants are now prohibited from competing in mixed martial arts or boxing matches in the state of Louisiana.

According to The Times-Picayune, the Louisiana State Boxing and Wrestling Commission passed a rule Wednesday stating that women will need to get clearance from the plastic surgeons who performed their implants or they would not be allowed to fight.

“If they want to look good, then they don’t have to be in the ring,” commissioner Harold Williams told The Times-Picayune.

The rule came down following a female fighter who reportedly pulled out of a match due to problems with her implant.

The commission is now concerned as to who would be liable if a fighter’s breast implant ruptured during a fight.

Dr. Thomas Ferguson, a member of the commission, believes that plastic surgeons would not sign off on their patients competing.

“I don’t know of a single plastic surgeon who is going to allow his artistic work to be messed up,” Ferguson told The Times-Picayune.

Two or three upcoming fights could be impacted due to the new rule.

The Times-Picayune reports that a moratorium will be in place for 60 days as more information is gathered on the subject.

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