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Mixed martial arts group bans vuvuzelas at heavyweight bout


LAS VEGAS — If fans are thinking about bringing the spirit of the World Cup to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the form of a vuvuzela, forget about it.

UFC president Dana White says Wednesday that vuvuzelas — the beehive-sounding noisemakers that have become famous during soccer’s biggest event — are being banned at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday.

That’s when heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will fight interim belt holder Shane Carwin.

White says vuvuzelas make a “horrific sound,” and he’d rather take a punch in the face than “hear 15,000 people blow on those things.”

White says he expects the crowd will make plenty of noise when the fighters step inside the Octagon.

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