Tara LaRosa is one of the trailblazers of female MMA and has fought some of the best competitors in the sport.
However, the fighter alleges during a medical exam prior to the Moosin: God Of Martial Arts event in 2010, a yet to be named commission doctor had sexually assaulted her.
LaRosa made these claims through Twitter:
#METOO ...a breast exam is done in NO other state. When I protested, he said I can either let him do it, or not fight. Massachusetts— Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) October 18, 2017
Combat Laws Erik Magraken took to Twitter to show that the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission (MSAC) doesn’t have breast exams listed in their medical testing regulations:
Here are the MA medical regulations. I don't see 'breast exam' pic.twitter.com/XuYXzBo35x— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) October 18, 2017
I’ve been mad about it for years. I’ve been through worse shit, but I was angry that he did it to @Roxyfighter and God knows how many others— Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) October 18, 2017
UFC veteran Roxanne Modafferi was LaRosa’a opponent that night and she claims through Twitter that the same thing happened to her:
We argued for like 30 minutes, too!! https://t.co/AsqUDltxzS— Roxanne Modafferi (@Roxyfighter) October 18, 2017
Magraken, in a series of tweets, is stating that all the fighters that this happened should contact the proper authorities and he has taken upon himself to get answers by writing to the MSAC):
This is messed up. Every fighter subjected to a BS 'breast exam' should lodge a formal complaint with the AC. This isn't right. https://t.co/hcKsJJuCjE— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) October 18, 2017
I have no idea how to do that, nor do I have money for a lawyer. ...and they bank on that.— Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) October 18, 2017
Don't need money or a lawyer. Here is their contact. E-mail them and tell them what happened. Others should too. pic.twitter.com/VQHqHu68Ij— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) October 18, 2017
I have written to the Mass AC. I have asked for an explanation of any justification for this practice. I will post their reply.— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) October 18, 2017
Fightful will continue to provide updates on this situation as they become available. There is now word yet from any other female MMA fighters if the same thing happened to them at events overseen by the MSAC.