The issue of MMA sanctioning resurfaced recently in Winnipeg after an 18 year old fighter was hurt in a bout.
"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.
A recent call to Hayashi was ultimately referred to Kaur.
Winnipeg councillor Grant Nordman has urged the sport be banned. Lewis, however, does not support such a move.
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.
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"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."
Criminal Code no longer a stumbling block
big stadium there too. We're not talking 10, 15, 20,000, we're going to do a big stadium in Toronto."
Hayashi has explained Ontario's resistance to the growing sport by arguing that staging MMA shows is a Criminal Code offence.
"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."
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 Nike Air Max Black Yellow
TORONTO While there is no formal review underway, Ontario is looking at the issue of mixed martial arts.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
from UFC shows.
While there is no movement yet from Ontario, a spokesman said MMA is "on the radar" for the provincial Air Max 90 Paris
Kaur, however, says "Section 83 and all of that is not really the crux of it, for us."
The UFC 83 gate Nike Air Max 90 Black Size 10 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.
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.
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.
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