Police Arrest Hells Angels and XMMA President
Burton Rice, president of the XMMA, and his father Peter have been arrested as part of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police investigation into illegal cigarette and narcotics operations as well as organized crime. Both the Cyberpresse and Rue Frontenac have named both Burton and Peter Rice as two individuals arrested as part of a massive SharQc operation.
A combined force of Montreal police, Quebec provincial police, RCMP and Kahnawake Mohawk Peacekeepers arrested 43 men and 3 women in Quebec and particularly around the Kahnawake Mohawk reserve. (Update: Police had warrants to arrest 156 people in Quebec and New Brunswick)
Last month, Top MMA News broke the story that XMMA 7 was cancelled. At that time, Top MMA News contacted the Quebec commission regarding the XMMA cancellation in March. Without going into detail, Commissioner John Judd mentioned issues with the XMMA promoters and the commission was not willing to sanction the XMMA promoters at that time. One has to wonder if the commission had issues with Burton Rice and his connections to organized crime at that time and had no issue with MMA in general. Since the XMMA 7 cancellation, Ringside has successfully held a professional MMA card with no issue. MMA fans and fighters of the XMMA promotion will have to wait and see how this affects future XMMA cards.