Olathe News: Council turns down plan for mixed martial arts fights at Great Mall

The Star:

The Elite Fight League of Kansas City will have to look elsewhere for a spot in which to conduct a mixed martial arts event in Kansas.

Olathe City Council members decided Tuesday during a study session to not consider a special-use permit for the company to conduct the event at the Great Mall of the Great Plains.

“I’m not upset, but I am disappointed,” Bob Boggs, one of the local sponsors, said Thursday. “The mayor said we’d get our day in court, but we didn’t even get a chance to speak.”

Boggs, who is founder and chief instructor of the Kenkukan Academy of Self Defense in Olathe, said he would have accepted the council’s decision if it would have voted against the proposal, but members wouldn’t even entertain a vote.

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