232287 Bullies, 4088 online  
  • Register
Our Sponsors:

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. --
    Hell yeah! Hell no!

    Ontario has eye on MMA, Criminal Code no longer a stumbling block

    Ontario has eye on MMA, Criminal Code no longer a stumbling block

    Georges St-Pierre, top, from Montreal gets on top of Matt Serra, from Long Island, NY, during their Ultimate Fight Championship Welterweight title fight in Montreal, Saturday April 19, 2008.

    TORONTO While there is no formal review underway, Ontario is looking at the issue of mixed martial arts.

    And it appears one major obstacle -- the Criminal Code -- raised in the past by Ken Hayashi, chairman of the Ontario Athletic Commission, is no longer a stumbling block.

    Unlike such provinces as Alberta, Quebec, Manitoba and Nova Scotia, where boxing commissions have brought the sport under their umbrella, MMA is not sanctioned in Ontario. The UFC, however, has said Ontario is its next target for regulatory approval after New York and Massachusetts.

    While there is no movement yet from Ontario, a spokesman said MMA is "on the radar" for the provincial government.

    "We're certainly aware of the sport and of the issue, and particularly its growing popularity," Sarbjit Kaur, senior communication adviser to the minister of small business and consumer services, said Tuesday. "While we do not have any formal review process in place right now, we are looking at it. No decision has been made yet -- for or against it.

    "But it's more about looking at things like what other jurisdictions are doing and, of course, safety would definitely be a factor. . . . So it's certainly not something that we're dead against. It's more of just a still looking at it (approach), trying to assess the entire industry and the sport. It's really too early to say that anything like it would be coming to Ontario or it won't be, but we are aware of it."

    Hayashi has explained Ontario's resistance to the growing sport by arguing that staging MMA shows is a Criminal Code offence.

    Hayashi refers to Section 83.1 of the Criminal Code which says anyone who "engages as a principal in a prize fight," encourages, promotes or is present at a prize fight as an aid, second, surgeon, umpire, backer or reporter is guilty of an offence -- unless the "boxing contest" is "held with the permission or under the authority of an athletic board or commission or similar body established by or under the authority of the legislature of a province for the control of sport within the province."

    The section also allows "a boxing contest between amateur sportsmen, where the contestants wear boxing gloves of not less than one hundred and forty grams each in mass."

    "A mixed martial event is not a boxing contest," Hayashi said early last year.

    Kaur, however, says "Section 83 and all of that is not really the crux of it, for us."

    "It's more of looking at all of it and looking at the safety angle and everything like that. And we do realize it has been sanctioned in some other jurisdictions."

    A recent call to Hayashi was ultimately referred to Kaur.

    The issue of MMA sanctioning resurfaced recently in Winnipeg after an 18-year-old fighter was hurt in a bout.

    Dean Lewis of Fort McMurray, Alta., was taken to hospital after he collapsed after the third round. He had a subdural hematoma, severe concussion, fractured orbital bone and badly broken nose.

    Winnipeg councillor Grant Nordman has urged the sport be banned. Lewis, however, does not support such a move.

    The UFC debuted in Canada last April, when UFC 83 at Montreal's Bell Centre became the organization's fastest ever sellout and produced it's largest ever crowd of 21,000-plus. Another card, UFC 97, is scheduled for April 18 in Montreal.

    Toronto is next, UFC president Dana White said in December, with the Rogers Centre a possible venue.

    "We are going to attack Toronto," he told reporters in Las Vegas. "And we're going to get that done. We want to get a fight done in Ontario bad. And we're going to do a big stadium there too. We're not talking 10, 15, 20,000, we're going to do a big stadium in Toronto."

    "This has been a successful sport now for almost 10 years," White continued. "We've been a successful organization that can come in and put on a world-class sporting event. Why can't we do it in Ontario? It makes no sense. It's common sense that this is going to happen."

    In its campaign to have New York sanction the sport, the UFC commissioned a study that suggests a UFC show would bring in some US$11.5 million in "net new" economic activity, including $5.3 million in direct event spending.

    Athletic commissions also benefit directly from UFC shows.

    The UFC 83 gate was some US$5 million with the Quebec Boxing Commission receiving its maximum share of C$55,330. The commission receives five per cent of the first $500,000 gate with three per cent of anything on top of that to the maximum of $55,330.

    In Nevada, by contrast, the athletic commission takes four per cent of the gate, which was US$4.3 million at UFC 94 last month in Las Vegas, and up to $50,000 in TV rights.
    Source

    Go go! Get it legalized in Ontario!
    Attached Images  

  2. ceeb is offline

    Featherweight

    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    32

    Posted On:
    2/10/2009 11:07pm

    Bullshido Newbie
     Style: Muay Thai, Boxing, MMA

    --
    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I'm glad to see that there is actual hope for this now in Ontario. I'm especially excited for amateur events being sanctioned. Anyone on here know of any petitions going around I can sign?
  3. naptime is offline

    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    7

    Posted On:
    2/11/2009 9:53am

    Bullshido Newbie
     Style: BJJ

    --
    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    Quote Originally Posted by ceeb
    I'm glad to see that there is actual hope for this now in Ontario. I'm especially excited for amateur events being sanctioned. Anyone on here know of any petitions going around I can sign?
    I would start with doing whatever you can to prevent Manitoba from banning MMA. The fight between Dean Lewis and Eric Perez mentioned in the article has attracted a lot of bad press:

    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opi...-39356442.html

    http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/loc...-39356527.html

    Thankfully, it is only a city councilor making noise right now, but if this goes further, it could be a real step back for having it regulated elsewhere in the country.
  4. MrJ is offline

    Registered Member

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    Ottawa
    Posts
    475

    Posted On:
    2/11/2009 10:10am


     Style: Keyboard Warrior

    --
    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    There is a Facebook group for legalizing MMA in Ontario.
  5. PizDoff is offline

    .

    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Toronto
    Posts
    18,602

    Posted On:
    2/12/2009 5:12pm

    supporting memberstaff
     Style: Grappling

    --
    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    You can also join this group:
    Let's pretend we can accomplish something by joining a Facebook group!
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=39495408573



    But seriously, there are prominent members of the martial arts community in groups petitioning the government already. A few examples are:

    http://www.canadianmma.com/faq.html
    http://ufctoronto.webs.com/index.htm
    Surfing Facebook at work? Spread the good word by adding us on Facebook today! https://www.facebook.com/Bullshido
  6. OZZ is offline
    OZZ's Avatar

    Light Heavyweight

    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    London,Ontario Canada
    Posts
    3,237

    Posted On:
    2/15/2009 5:14pm

    supporting member
     Style: Short Fist Boxing

    --
    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    It's going to happen..but like anything involving politics in this province, it will take longer than it should.
    Until then, we Ontarians will just have to settle for 'Fighting Spirit' promotions and MMA fight cards being put on by the local Chippewa Natives.
    While it doesn't exactly feature the 'cream of the crop' , the fights are enjoyable enough for a night out. Some events are booze-free though..which is both good and bad.
    Most of the guys are from Oneida, Chippewa, Hamilton, Toronto, Sarnia, Windsor and London. A few fighters come up from Michigan too and last time out there was a guy from Ohio on the card who was pretty good (6-0 5 ko's).
    " If one wants to have a friend one must also want to wage war for him: and to wage war one must be capable of being an enemy." - Fr. Nietzsche 'On The Friend' Thus Spake Zarathustra
  7. tyciol is offline

    Registered Member

    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Ontario, Canada
    Posts
    225

    Posted On:
    2/23/2009 5:06am


     Style: Tae Kwon-Do, Fencing

    --
    Hell yeah! Hell no!
    I really hope it gets authorized here, it would open options up for a lot of fighters in ontario. There are already gyms that teach boxing, and jiu jitzu and muay thai get incorporated into different martial arts schools. I think it would attract more Canadian fighters.

    It'd be uber-awesome if it got accepted here before New York.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Powered by vBulletin™© contact@vbulletin.com vBulletin Solutions, Inc. 2011 All rights reserved.