Ontario natives holding mixed martial arts fights, charges laid
Natives holding mixed martial arts fights, charges laid
"Rumble on the Rez" on Six Nations
Canwest News Service
Published: Friday, April 25, 2008
TORONTO -A group of promoters who organized a mixed martial arts event called "Rumble on the Rez" was charged with staging an illegal prize fight, police said Friday, in an apparent bid to stop the popular sport from entering the province.
Six Nations police confirmed they had charged five men with one count each, relating to a fight on the southern Ontario reserve last November. The group held another fight one night in February and a third is planned for Saturday night, under the new name Iroquois Mixed Martial Arts Championships.
Unlike almost every other jurisdiction in the country, the increasingly popular sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is illegal in Ontario.
Section 83 of the Criminal Code prohibits fighting with fists in contests that haven't been authorized by a legislated board or commission.
A welterweight title fight between Matt Serra and Georges St. Pierre at Montreal's Bell Centre last Saturday drew 21,000 fans and was sold out in minutes.
I'm not finding much more info on this but I thought the event was in the clear since it was on a reserve.