Edmonton is Canada’s MMA Hot Spot
Dana White recently stated that “Canada is the Mecca for Mixed Martial Arts.” One can argue that currently within Canada, Edmonton is the center of that MMA Mecca. Not only is Edmonton home to Canada’s top promotion, Maximum Fighting Championship, you can also find a MMA card in its vicinity nearly every month of the year. Five promotions currently call Edmonton home: the previously mentioned MFC, HeatXC, The Fight Club, King of the Cage Canada, and the CCF which is currently on hiatus.
In fact, this July weekend in Edmonton is a MMA dream! MMA fans can attend not one but THREE consecutive daily Mixed Martial Arts cards in the Alberta capital. Here they are:
Can the city of Edmonton support all this MMA? Especially three cards back-to-back-to-back in the current economic climate? If you only have $50 to spare this weekend, which show should you attend? The Fight Club’s Melanie Lubovac indicates that this weekend’s competition is good and bad for fans. Melanie stated to Top MMA News,
I do not feel that it is fair, in this economy, to the consumer to have to choose which show they want to attend. On the other hand I think that competition is healthy, and it makes us promoters work harder to put on exciting shows for the fans.
Each promotion claims that the rival cards will not affect ticket sales. They believe that they have a dedicated fan base that will support their shows regardless of their competition. The Fight Club spokeswoman continued, “The two other shows should not affect the TFC. The Fight Club has gone head to head with MFC last year, and we felt that our numbers were not affected by the competition. Dedicated fans tend to follow their favorite organization and fighters.”
King of the Cage Canada president Ken Kupsch agrees and expects 3-4,000 KOTC fans to fill Rexall Place – home of the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers. If his expectations are correct, Kupsch could draw the largest non-UFC crowd in Canada this year. When Top MMA News asked if consecutive MMA cards will hurt his or any other promotion, Ken answers, “We have enough KOTC fans in Edmonton and that’s all that really matters to me. We expect this to be our largest show to date.”
Heat XC is the feeder promotion of Maximum Fighting Championship. Fighters earn their stripes at HeatXC before they get called up to the MFC. MFC president Mark Pavelich boasts, “Neither of (the other two) shows will remotely be even close to sold out and Heat XC will be 100%. MFC has sold out 14 in a row and these (other) shows have never sold out. (The other shows) are lucky to get our spill over.” The always controversial MFC chief continues, “These organizations are trying to make their mortgage payments and we are trying to make history. MMA is not big in Edmonton, the Maximum Fighting Championship is Big.”
The winner of this competition is definitely the Edmonton fans. Top MMA News strongly encourages all fans to support their local MMA promotions! If you have not attended a live show, you do not know what you are missing! Tickets are still available for all three shows. Why not attend all three? KOTC Canada is pulling out all the stops with three great matchups with Ryan Chiappe vs. Jason Volpe, Bill Mesi vs ex-UFCer Bill Mahood, and Nick Penner vs Mark Kerr. Heat XC will once again feature hungry up and comers like Cory MacDonald vs Thiago Goncalves, Paapa Inkumusah, Luis Huete, and a very tough Chad Sherman who all will be fighting for a spot on the MFC 22 card this October. TFC is putting on a smaller scale mid-summer show but is still bringing in ex-UFCer Victor Valimaki for the fans. Quite a selection for your MMA palate!
Maybe this should be an annual event with three consecutive shows. Fans from across the country could attend a MMA Festival featuring three nights of great Canadian MMA!