May 10, 2013
Substance Cage Combat aims to bring more MMA events to OntarioAdrian Wooley, Tandy Turner headling SCC 1.0 in Toronto
By NEIL SPRINGER, Special to QMI Agency
Neil Forester didn't have to look beyond his own gym to realize up-and-coming fighters lack opportunities in Ontario.
A full-time concert and event promoter, Forester also co-owns Grant's MMA in Toronto. It's here that he sees competitors struggle to secure fight bookings within their home province.
"Even though this is supposed to be the Mecca of the sport, in Toronto and Ontario, there seems to be a real lack of events happening," Forester told the Sun. "There were a lot of (promoters) coming out of the woodwork in the first couple years, trying to throw events and they were one and done."
Though Ontario attracts regular cards staged by both the UFC and Bellator, the province lacks a strong local organization necessary for developing talent and growing the sport. The Score Fighting Series was the first promotion to attempt such a feat, but was shut down when The Score was purchased by Rogers.