Gael Grimaud to take legal action against new fighting ban in France

PARIS -- Former mixed martial arts champion Gael Grimaud is taking legal action against a ban hitting the sport in France.

Grimaud, the CWFC welterweight champion in 2012, says he will challenge new combat sports guidelines recently pushed forward by France's sports ministry stipulating that fighters can't be hit while on the ground.

The new decree also states that fights need to be organized in a ring, with no mention of MMA cages.

Grimaud says the new regulations aimed at improving security are in reality imposing a blanket ban on MMA.