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Does MMA have a future in Ontario?
Wed, February 17, 2010


TORONTO -- 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 mixed martial arts 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 the UFC is safe for the public and participants before it would make amendments to the Athletics Control Act.

What's your take on this latest development? Have your say in our forum.

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12913956.. I like it :), 2011-06-29 01:26:30

I gotta agree Dave.

One way or another.. We are going to get screwed..If they want to help us with some money.. Take a 10% pay cut, cut the travel budget. Take away their clothing allowance. Stop letting the Canadian people pay for their court costs during trials and such as well.

Kellyd, 2010-03-29 09:54:15

McGuinty's right - of the 1000 people he could poll, nobody would say getting UFC in Ontario is a priority. We'd all be complaining about how, come July 1, he'll be taxing us all out of the ying yang and his concern that only he makes money hand over fist in this province.
Dave, 2010-03-24 10:59:11

I have to say. After reading all the comments here. I have to agree with Kellyd.

Fighting is one of the oldest known sports dating back as far as 635BC for competition.

AS for the stats about injuries. I have no idea as I have never looked them up.

I enjoy many sports including MMA. I have seen fights finish faster with lkeg locks and arm bars, than I have with knockouts in boxing..

I decided to try it out. It hurts like nuts, but it beat getting hit in the head over and over again in the boxing ring (I did boxing for several years). MMA gave me many more ways to end the fight other than being hit in the head or body.

Give it a chance guys. If you don't like it, don't watch it is all..
TomTom, 2010-02-25 15:20:06

If so Ron, then they need to look into boxing as well.

But remeber, these are all adults that compete. They are aware of the rules and of what could happen.

Dogs don't have that ability and the fighters in MMA are not slaughtered as dogs are if they don't win. And there are also police officers involved in MMA as fighters.
kellyd, 2010-02-25 15:08:47

MMA permeates violence. It sickens me to watch it and to think that young people are exposed to it as a sport. In my ranking system it is in the same group as dog fighting. The group behind this thing should be investigated thoroughly by the police to determine if charges could be laid.
Ron, 2010-02-25 09:48:25

Actually Bob. I was not trashing other sports.

I was pointing out a fact. People are saying that MMA is a barbaric sport and that sports like hockey and such are not as violent.

If an opinion has turned you off a sport, then you were not really interested in it to begin with and that is a result of your own lack of ability to watch it and make a conclusion on your own.

Would you not try other things just because of one persons opinion or view?

And so you know, I do watch other "Traditional" sports.

Rugby, soccer, hockey, tennis, fencing, amatuer wrestling, equestrian and a couple of others.

I also judged these sports by watching them myself, not just based on one persons strength of opinion or defence of it.

As for being one of those fans..Yes I am. I believe it is being cast in a negative light without due process by people that have never bothered to learn about it fully.

I wont be sorry for that.
KellyD, 2010-02-24 07:42:50

KellyD , do you really think your are winning anyone over to your sport by your long winded domination of this comment section and by trashing other traditional sports and other readers as having no knowledge or being stupid ? I came into read this comment section kind of sitting on the fence when it came to UFC/MMA but you have totally turned me off of this sport because in my opinion you are "one of those fans" to use your own words.
Bob L, 2010-02-23 20:36:52

As for Hockey not being that violent...

How about this news item?

Mikael Tam of the Quebec Remparts was listed in stable condition in hospital after taking an elbow to the head from Rouyn-Noranda centre Patrice Cormier, who captained Canada at the recent world junior hockey championship.

This is just the latest in a series of vicious head shots at the NHL and junior levels this season.

There was speculation that the QMJHL, which has come down hard on cases of violence this season, will suspend Cormier for the rest of the season and perhaps for the playoffs.

kellyd, 2010-02-19 11:04:20

One more post for you to read.

This comes on the heels of major research finding that NFL players are paying a ghastly toll for the risks they take on the field. Zak Woods has compared and contrasted the risks of playing in the NFL with MMA:

The fact of the matter is that professional football players collide with the force of small adult killer whales on every play. The body and brain absorbs damages that no normal human being is suppose to endure and the results are quickly becoming academic. While the NFL and football proponents try to cast these scientific findings as "anomalous" their own commissioned study found that football dramatically increases the risk of dementia.

WKR has long harped on the fact that MMA detractors, who usually cite MMA as being too "violent" as a reason for their opposition, yet they choose to ignore the inherent dangers of football, which equally fits their criteria of a sport being "too violent."

Now mixed martial arts is still a young sport and due to its youth there is virtually no long-term medical data about the long term effects of being a fighter. There still is medical research, like this American study, which had favorable findings towards the risk of brain injuries in MMA.

The overall injury rate in MMA competitions is now similar to other combat sports, including boxing. Knockout rates are lower in MMA competitions than in boxing. This suggests a reduced risk of TBI (traumatic brain injuries) in MMA competitions when compared to other events involving striking.

kellyd, 2010-02-19 09:57:53

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