VANCOUVER -- Dave Teixeira, a local communications director and former professional wrestling promoter, has found himself as the go-to mixed martial arts advocate in B.C.
He lobbied Vancouver city council to lift their moratorium on the sport and was vocal when the B.C. and Canadian medical associations voted to oppose the sport this summer.
So it came as no surprise that Teixeira drove up to Whistler last week as the Union of B.C. Municipalities voted on a resolution to "prohibit professional boxing, wrestling and similar activities" in the absence of a provincial athletic commission.
And even though he got the language of the resolution changed so municipal commissions can still sanction events, Teixeira believes the need and inevitability of a provincial commission has never been higher.
"I think it's going to happen within two years," he said. "Promoters want to be professional, and to do it they have to pay the taxes, fees and have protection from the government."
After hosting UFC 115, the City of Vancouver has been very public with their desire to have the province take over sanctioning.
Though the province has been quiet on the athletic commission front, Teixeira says there are rumblings emanating from the Attorney General's office.
It's a step that has to happen for professional MMA to break out of its Lower Mainland funk.
Canadian on the world stage
Mark Hominick is enjoying his rise up the WEC featherweight ranks and the level-headed Canadian doesn't want to rush the journey.
A split-decision win over fan favourite Leonard Garcia at WEC 51 Thursday shot the London, Ont. native into contention.
But the 28-year-old -who fought Garcia with a broken thumb -is content to wait his turn.
"I don't have any urgency to fight for the title," said Hominick (19-8), currently on a four fight win streak. "I have a good streak going and it doesn't matter who they put in front of me, I'm taking 'em out. [Garcia] was a big win for me and I just want to carry the momentum forward."
Hominick believes Josh Grispi (15-1) has first dibs at champion Jose Aldo, though he wouldn't mind a piece of Grispi himself.
"Grispi has a win over me," said Hominick. "I could see the WEC giving him the title shot before me, but I would like to erase that loss from my record against Grispi."