Regulation of MMA in Ontario in short term appears dead

by Antonella Artuso | source:

No UFC in Ontario: McGuinty

Premier Dalton McGuinty has dealt a stunning blow in the Ultimate Fighting Championship's battle to come to Ontario.

"It's just not a priority for us," McGuinty said Wednesday. "We have other things on the go right now and we'll stay focused on those."

The premier's comments indicate that despite the incredible popularity of the UFC in this province, Ontarians will have to continue to travel to Quebec or elsewhere if they want to see a live match.

The federal Criminal Code prohibits prizefighting but individual provinces can choose to exempt sports such as boxing and mixed martial arts.

According to a consumer services ministry spokesperson, Ontario would need to be convinced that UFC is safe for the public and participants before it would make amendments to the Athletics Control Act.

But while the government has been saying it continues to monitor the development of the sport, McGuinty appeared to shut the door on any changes in the near future.

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TapoutT1978 site profile image  

2/17/10 1:21 PM by TapoutT1978

Another shining example of how dumb politicians are. It's always comforting to know that monkeys govern us.

PJ Benn Fan site profile image  

2/17/10 12:35 PM by PJ Benn Fan

 You see that is a point I cant argue with. The added admin fees multiplied by ongoing fighters and events is a huge revenue stream. $200 per fighter license. Promoter fees. Insurance fees.  That would all add up to a nice little chunk of change!

decu68 site profile image  

2/17/10 12:01 PM by decu68

Guy can give Chrysler a $3.775 billion dollar bailout costing the tax payers money but can't do something that the tax payers want and that will bring in some revenue.

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2/17/10 12:01 PM by evilrodent

Not just that, but like Nexuscrawlers said, the creation of regional promotions could help Ontario benefit....that and I'm an Ontario resident so it isn't just MMA legislation being the only issue that pisses me, and several others off.

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2/17/10 11:58 AM by Nexuscrawlers

Don't forget that regulating MMA isn't just about the UFC but smaller events. this would oepnt he door for plenty of revenue besides tourists, what about all the gov't fees they love to impose or all the referee and other official positions that would need to be filled. i think its unfair to say its just tourist dollars, or just scarce UFC events.

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2/17/10 11:52 AM by PJ Benn Fan

Give me a break. The guy is a politician.  His focus is on tax revenue from job creation and reform rather than tourist dollars. Now I dont necessarily disagree with you that in the meantime, hold a couple of events and milk those tourists dollars for all there worth. And sure it would create a few jobs. But in the long run regulating a sport is so far down on the list of priorities that it obviously isnt even there. As well, the jobs it would create wouldnt even make a dent in the unemployment stats. Really exactly how many jobs would it create for people? Its far easier to work on fortune 500's to ensure they are doing well and in a position to hire rather than a sporting event that will come to Toronto and Ottawa MAYBE 2 of 3 times a year! This isnt Vegas and Dana aint coming here anymore than 1 or 2 times a year!

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2/17/10 11:35 AM by evilrodent

I suddenly remembered why I really hate this guy's guts.

Card site profile image  

2/17/10 11:17 AM by Card

The UFC would bring millions to Toronto. Dumb.