A few days ago we covered a news item that Vancouver had completely wiped out it’s athletic commission in order to kill MMA in the area. There was one important detail missing: it was NORTH Vancouver, not Vancouver city, that did this. As anyone working a call center in Canada knows, there’s like 20 regions surrounding Vancouver City where most people in the province live and they’re all divided up into their own little governing bodies. Of course this just means that Vancouver City’s anti-MMA hysteria is now spreading … not a great thing. But on the plus side, it sounded like the NVAC was a corrupt bugger of a commission anyways. The Score’s Paul Lazenby said this to MMA Fighting:
“The NVAC was a sham,” The Score’s Paul Lazenby told MMA Fighting. “Mike Pattenaude sat on it, and he’s partners with promoter Mike Hammoud who makes Don King look like Mother Theresa. Them dying just means that there will be no shady shows taking place under ‘commission sanction.’
“The VAC is significantly weakened now, but at least it was a powerful, relevant organization for some time. The NVAC was always a fart in the bathtub run out of 100% self-interest as opposed to legitimate desire to clean up the sport.”
Don’t think this means we’ve been wrong about all the other shit regarding the City of Vancouver killing MMA.
“City councillor Kerry Jang has stated that they have to do ‘impact assessments’ and other related bullsh** before approving any more events. Promoters asking to be held to the same guidelines that UFC followed have been told that UFC had a ‘secret deal’ that can’t be divulged or offered to others.
“In other words, the trial period was always intended as a palliative measure that would make us happy enough to go away. City council got caught flat-footed by Dana [White]’s immediate announcement that he wanted to run Vancouver, and stymied by a**holes like me daring to show up at VAC and city council meetings and subsequently name names regarding who was trying to drag the process of sanctioning out long enough to kill UFC 115.
“The trial period is a lie. It’s a catch-22. We’re allowed to run during the trial period, but we have to observe promotional regulations. However, when we ask what the regulations are, we’re told, ‘We can’t tell you that –we’re still working on it. Just leave it with us and we’ll get back to you.’ Right. And the check’s in the mail.”
So long story short: Not only is MMA screwed in the city of Vancouver, but other areas of Vancouver are taking the opportunity to kick us while we’re down. I know last time I was all Mr Sarcastic Asshole about Zuffa being nowhere in sight but how about now I try a different tack this time? Aiiiieeee! Help! Oh where art thou, heroic Zuffa? Rescue us from these douchebag government officials! At least do some pushing back in the press or something? Where’s that bombastic motherfucker Dana White when you need him? Even Mr Monopoly, Marc Ratner, would be cool right now.