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Ontario Athletic Commission sued for anti-fight bias

Y’all might not be aware, but MMA is banned in Ontario, Canada. This is kinda a big deal since Toronto (aka the Center of the Universe as far as the people who live there are concerned) is a HUGE mixed martial arts hotbed, yet they can’t get legalization off the ground to save their lives. Why not? Most people in the know blame Ken Hayashi, OAC (Ontario Athletic Commission) commissioner. He’s a double-speak cocksucker who keeps claiming he’s got no problem with MMA while he blocks every attempt to allow it into the province.

Well, it looks like things are starting to heat up for Hayashi. Details of a multi-million dollar lawsuit have just emerged, accusing him and the OAC of “conspiracy, negligence, bad faith or reckless decision-making, infringement or denial of [defendant’s] rights, conflict and bias on the part of the commission, misfeasance in public office and breach of fiduciary obligations.” As well, Hayashi has been accused of:

      – “Influence the Ontario government to ban kick boxing fights.”

-“Influence government studies in an attempt to ban McNamara’s kick boxing activities.”

-“Retained advisers, including doctors, who shared their bias against kick boxing in favour of karate (Hayashi is a karate master) to slant reports and influence government studies.”

-“Used inflammatory language, including the word “blood sport” to describe kick boxing.”

-“Prohibited the Twin Dragons from conducting amateur and pro kick boxing activities at the same event.”

I doubt the guys pressing this lawsuit are going to be getting anywhere near the money they’re going for, but hopefully this signals the beginning of the end for Hayashi, who’s a total douchebag.

**UPDATE** If you want to read an example of what a raging fuck cock Hayashi is, read after the jump. This is just one of the thousands of examples of how poorly run the OAC is.

From The Fight Network

By Jason Abelson

In a move that has industry insiders shaking their heads in disbelief, The Fight Network has learned that Ontario Athletics Commissioner Ken Hayashi is on the verge of cancelling the first of two boxing cards scheduled eight days apart in July, citing lack of time to properly co-ordinate the two shows.

Adam Harris, of Hennessy Canada, had secured a date at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls Ontario for a card on July 6th along with a cherished broadcast commitment from a major U.S. cable carrier.

Just prior to Harris’ date being submitted to the OAC, a group representing IBF Super Bantamweight champion Steve Molitor, requested July 14th at Rama Ontario’s Casino Rama for what would be Molitor’s first defense of the title, taking on mandatory challenger Takalani Ndlovu.

Despite the seemingly workable eight day gap between the two cards, Hayashi is leaning towards cancelling the Hennessy card.

“We’ve never had two major dates scheduled so close together before,” Hayashi told The Fight Network.

“We generally have maybe four or five shows a year, so the commission simply can’t handle all the demands that these two shows will entail.”

Harris, who is affiliated with England’s Hennessy Promotions, one of the UK’s top promoters, was at wits end trying to come to grips with a commission prepared to turn the rare occurrence of two major cards into a regulatory detriment.

“We’ve done cards all over the world, and I’ve never run into a full-time commission unable to cope with a workload of four fights a year,” Harris said.

“We’re trying to reestablish boxing in Ontario, and to have a bureaucrat come in and put a stop to what we’re doing because they have a card eight days later is beyond comprehension.”

Hayashi points to the demands of regulatory paperwork, including the proper licensing and medical clearance of fighters as one of the overriding issues, but also cites the travel demands that the two cards would put on commission members.

“It’s a lot to ask our commission members to travel from Toronto to Niagara Falls, and then from Toronto to Casino Rama just eight days later.”

According to, a road trip from downtown Toronto to Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls spans 128 kilometres one-way, with an estimated duration of one hour, twenty-five minutes, while a Toronto-Rama drive from start to finish lasts one hour and forty seven minutes, covering153 kilometres.

Jim Gentle, President of Stele Promotions, a Mississauga-based promotional company, feels that Hayashi, by citing the burden of travel outside of Toronto, isn’t fulfilling his mandate as Ontario Athletics Commissioner.

“The last time I checked Ken was paid to be in charge of the Ontario Athletics Commission, and not the Toronto Athletics Commission. Travel outside of Toronto should have no bearing on which fights he determines to oversee. God forbid somebody choose to do a card in Thunder Bay.”

“I would be very disappointed if I had a date with a casino, and it was put off by the commission because of travel. Niagara isn’t exactly off the chart, and neither is Rama.”

“This is a chance for the sport to grow in Ontario, and the OAC is a full-time office,” Gentile said, echoing Harris’ sentiments, “and these two fights would be the second and third shows of the year. This should not be an impossible proposition for a full-time office to oversee.”

However, an individual with inside knowledge of the Commission’s workings sees where Hayashi is coming from in terms of demands placed on commission members, which includes officials such as judges, referees, inspectors, and ringside physicians.

“People who work with the Commission do it because they love the sport. They’re paid something along the line of fifty dollars to work a fight, and it’s not right to place too much of a demand on their time,” the individual who requested anonymity told The Fight Network.

“Two events so close together is a lot for the commission to deal with.

“I fully expect (Hayashi) to cancel one of these cards.”

Over in Quebec, things are done quite differently, with Regie des Sports de Combats du Québec commissioner Mario Latraverse overseeing upwards of 55 shows per year, a workload that would seemingly crumble Hayashi and his OAC cohorts.

“The only time we won’t do a show is when we have two shows in the same night in the same city,” Latraverse, who insists on a minimum of 23 people working a card, instead of the 12 to 14 carried by the OAC, said from his Montreal office.

“These are the challenges faced by an effective regulator.”

Hayashi has stubbornly ignored the wants of Ontario’s boxing industry for years, imposing prohibitive regulations that insiders insist cripple efforts to bring the Sweet Science back to Canada’s most populous province.

Foremost of these punitive, and unprecedented, requirements, is the demand that Ontario promoters raise a card’s purse in advance, and deliver it to the OAC which holds it in escrow. Promoters then must pay the fighters on fight night.

Promoters call this practice the double bubble, which basically requires that they raise double the purse prior to the fight, a burden that is simply not tenable in a depressed boxing environment like Ontario’s.

Latraverse also sites another regulation particular to Ontario, one that particularly irks local promoters; a $1700 charge levied for every KO, a fee that covers OAC-mandated psychometrics testing, like MRI’s, for fighters that have been KO’d.

“Ontario is the only jurisdiction does this, and of course it’s a real impediment for promoters,” Latraverse said.

“A promoter has to generate twice the purse amount before he takes in a dime, and is on the hook for KO’s before they happen, and once they happen.”

Gentle believes these costs make boxing promotion in Ontario a losing proposition.

“It’s almost impossible to put on a show in Ontario given the spate of backend costs.”

But despite his misgivings, Gentle has come to grips with the hard reality of life under the Hayashi boxing regime in Ontario.

“Listen, everybody knows the situation with Ken, and it’s the only commission we have. So if you don’t like the terms, don’t sign the lease.”

Unfortunately, with Hayashi’s roots running deep within Ontario’s provincial bureaucracy, it’s a lease, caveats and all, that won’t be changing anytime soon.

“Ken Hayashi gets paid the same amount if he oversees one show, or fifty shows,” the source close to the Commission told The Fight Network.

“He still feels he’s doing the same job regardless how busy he is. And as long as he’s head of the OAC nothing is ever going to change in Ontario.”

  • Reverend Clint

    LOL and I thought Canada was the land of the free.

  • Suqleg

    Thanks for this article. Honestly we need outside help in Ontario to ge tthis fixed. The only way to get him out is with a large expensive propaganda campaign where the OAC has to try n keep up. Ken will quit if you give him too much work to do.

  • RL Dookiefuck

    A poorly managed athletic commission run by a controlling but incompetent and self-important fat head who at best has a passing interest in the sport and at worst holds it in contempt knowing that this is the pathetic zenith of what he once considered an ambitious career in public service? I NEVER!

  • Elfenstein
  • RT

    This cunt shouldnt have a job. He make armando look like the man.

  • Burtonchik

    my coach and I were just talking about this today, and how we get screwed every time I want a fight…

    and do you know how they get around throwing HUGE muay thai events?? they’re goverened as ‘cultural events’ and not sporting events, because if they had to get around all that red tape, those fights would never in a million years get sanctioned

    luckily, here in ottawa, we have Hull just a few steps away, so we can go fight in Quebec, where it’s legal and (mostly) hassle-free

  • Mobb Deep

    How can we get rid of this Hayashi character? Who has the power to get rid of him?

  • fightlinker

    The more I read about him, the more i get upset. I’m thinking of starting a campaign to have the OAC overhauled. Canceling boxing bouts worth tens of thousands of dollars to the economy because the OAC doesn’t want to spend a few hundred bucks paying refs etc is retardo. Never mind the millions and millions if the UFC was allowed into toronto.

    It stunts a region’s ability to churn out fighters. You wanna know why all the good fighters are coming out of Quebec and Alberta? Because their province allows mma which gives these guys the foundation to train and test themselves.

  • Suqleg

    Well right now he gets paid for doing almost nothing. He see’s MMA as a lot of work that he is incapable of managing. If MMa were given any inroads he would have no choice but to resign from lack of ability to deal with it, In a sense his campaign against MMA is a campaign for his job. We have no chance till somone above him intervenes and they only listen to $$$

  • Pug

    He’s such a fucking cocksucker. Muay Thai competitions in TO used to be easy to set up… one club would host, other clubs would come, and everyone had a good time. Then he canned that by making us sanction every single event, having to have all of our corners “certified” (For $250) and having to have all the Kru’s involved “certified” (For more money) Making all clubs involved become members of CAMTAO (Canadian amateur muay thai assoc. of Ontario) (for more money). making the fighters pay membership dues… it’s fucking ridiculous.