Anyone living in Ontario Canada knows all about the bullshit situation it’s stuck in: the athletic commission is run by a raging tard who does a shit job across the spectrum of sports, but has a particularly large stick up his ass regarding mixed martial arts. Read more about it here:
“What is the Ontario government’s position on MMA?”
They want MMA to follow the example of other combat sports such as Muay Thai and Kickboxing. That is, they first want to see it performed on an Amateur level and then consider sanctioning it professionally somewhere down the road. A medical study may also be required. Maryland, U.S.A. is the only other jurisdiction in the world requesting Amateur come before Professional MMA.
“Is Amateur MMA going to happen before professional?”
Yes, the government has held firm in their stance of requiring Amateur before Professional for the past couple of years.
“Isn’t the UFC suppose to bring MMA to Ontario?”
The UFC is certainly leading the charge for Professional MMA. But, it seems that they will not be able to change the government’s position on wanting Amateur MMA before Professional. Marc Ratner, UFC Vice President, periodically touches base with the Ontario Athletic Commissioner, Ken Hayashi.
However, it does not appear as though any headway is being made. It also appears as though Ontario does not feel influenced by the activities in other Canadian provinces.
“Can we get a new Athletic Commissioner in Ontario?”
The current Ontario Athletic Commissioner, Ken Hayashi, is a union employee and has been in his current position for a long time. He is not an elected official. He’s stated that he intends to retire in 5-10 years. For the meantime, we have no alternative but to try and work with him. Besides, there is no guarantee that a new Athletic Commissioner would do anything differently.
If that shit just depressed you, this might cheer you up a little bit: Dana White is promising to do whatever it takes to get legalized in Ontario after New York is done.
OAC commissioner Ken Hayashi says staging a MMA event is a violation of the Criminal Code of Canada, although the same code covers Quebec but is not enforced.
And that’s unfair, according to White.
“There’s no reason why we shouldn’t be in Toronto,” White continued. “We’ve got a (clean) nine-year record of health and safety. There is absolutely no reason for Canada to not accept this sport. There’s an education factor; we need to educate people.
“I’m going after Canada after (I get approval in) New York and Massachusetts. I’m attacking Canada. I’m going to spend so much time in Canada I’ll have to buy a house. I’m going to live here until it’s done. I’m going to be sitting on the porch every day they come to work.”