Grand River Athletics Commission Bad for MMA
I am sorry but I can only sit back and watch the Grand River Athletics Commission sanction so many MMA events before I am forced to speak up. The Grand River Athletics Commission has their own agenda, which is not in line with the rest of the MMA world. Yet what they do is called MMA. They are risking a serious injury to an athlete that this country cannot afford to handle, especially when MMA proponents are fighting to have the sport fully legalized and sanctioned in all provinces.
There are some good people involved in these events, but unfortunately the commission has no regard for any of the fighters’ safety. The best example is their refusal to work with other commissions, to share medical suspensions, etc. After this weekend’s FSC card, they proved that they are not concerned with medical suspensions or fighter safety.
For instance take Shaun Krysa, who lost by KO on the Iroquois MMA 6 card on November 22nd. Then on December 14th, 22 days later, he is TKO’d again in a tournament match sanctioned by the same commission. Athletes in the rest of the MMA world are suspended 14 days after each contest to prohibit any competitions 2 weeks apart and risking any injuries. If a fighter is TKO’d or KO’d, there is a minimum 30 day suspension. On November 22nd, Krysa was KO’d and was then licensed 22 days later by the same commission. Seriously, what is their purpose? Why risk the health of the fighter? Even if Krysa and the promotion are willing to let him fight, it is important for a non-affiliated third party to sometimes step in and make the right decision to protect everyone.
In Manitoba on the last Ultimate Cage Wars card, Tom Withoos lost by TKO in the 2nd round, and was suspended for 100 days due to the damage he sustained. He wasn’t even KO’d like Krysa was 22 days previous to his last fight.
Also on the same IQMMA card on November 22nd, Bernie Antle was Ko’d from an illegal downward elbow. The referee failed to stop the fight and Denis Puric continued to land undefended blows on the injured Antle. Worse yet, when the referee finally stopped the fight, Antle had to wait over 30 minutes for an ambulance to show up. Eric Wong, a performance coach who works with Jeff Joslin, was in attendance and summed up the situation perfectly in his blog.
(Antle) was badly hurt by an illegal elbow to the back of the head. Making things worse, the ref didn’t stop the fight and allowed the attacker to continue to drop bombs on his hapless opponent. The result – 45 minutes waiting for the ambulance to arrive and a mixed-martial artist who could’ve possibly been permanently injured.
Because of the lack of good refereeing, an athlete might be suffering for the rest of his life and the anti-MMA bandwagon may have just gotten some good ammo to keep MMA out of Ontario.
Why is there no ambulance on site for these events? Where else are they cutting corners? If Antle had permanently suffered a brain injury, would the promotion have sufficient insurance to support him? Only a non-partisan third party governing body can step in to ensure that fighters are properly protected.
I have no interest in debating how the Grand River Athletics Commission are able to get around Section 83 or how they have the right to self-government. My only concern is their lack of respect for the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and their failure to put the sport and the safety of the fighters first.