Moncton MMA Update: The Moncton Chairman Addresses Suspensions
The Moncton MMA community woke up on September 11th stunned at the Moncton Boxing & Wrestling Commission’s six month suspension of MMA in Moncton. Later, it was discovered that Mike, John, and Steve Williams were also indefinitely suspended from all MMA activities by that same commission.
Gerry Doiron-Gould has been the chairman of the MBWC for twenty-one years and he agreed to speak to Top MMA News about the recent MMA upheaval in the maritime province. Doiron-Gould has been involved with combat sports for an incredible 58 years, “since I was six”, and has been involved in most aspects of fighting. Gerry is not only the current chairman of the MBWC but has been the president of the Canadian Boxing Federation on three occasions. He also was a big proponent of MMA in Moncton and fought to have MMA sanctioned.
“I was the one who fought really, really hard to bring MMA to Moncton. I had to fight against the politicians who were dead against it. I had enough support from Council and the mayor of the day and I was able to convince them to let me move forward with MMA,” states Doiron. “We want to give local kids a chance to participate in MMA in Moncton.”
Doiron confirms that “MMA has been suspended in Moncton for 6 months” and it obvious with his history in Moncton combat sports that Doiron did not take lightly his Commission’s unanimous decision. He wants to point out that the Commission “does not have any issues with MMA fighting. ”
What are the issues that caused this suspension? Unfortunately, Gerry will not provide that answer. “Its confidential information that I cannot give out at this time. There is a possibility that this could end up in court and we welcome that with open arms.” Later, Doiron does state that, “We have been accused of favoring other promoters. We did not act with our eyes closed. The Commission has been attacked by certain people. The Commission has been attacked verbally. The Commission has been attacked before MMA even came here. You cannot imagine what we have had to put up with for the longest time.”
What will the Commission be doing during the six months? The Moncton Chairman states that the Moncton Commission will “conduct a review of the past three years. What’s gone on at MMA events and where MMA is going.” Gerry continues, “People do not understand what goes on behind the scenes. This suspension has been a long time coming.” Will the commission review its own policies and regulations? “Yes and we will review how past events have went.”
There is a very good chance that the Moncton MMA suspension will be less than six months in length. “It is very likely that we will see MMA in Moncton in less than six months,” says Doiron-Gould. The Moncton Chairman also wants to go on record that Moncton’s experience with MMA has not been all bad. He says, “We have had some excellent shows in Moncton and met some excellent people.” However there is a “very slight chance” that Moncton MMA could be suspended permanently – “(The Moncton Commission) really wants to take a good look at this and ask ourselves ‘do we want to continue with all the hassles we have had with this sport?’ ”
During the suspension, fighters from New Brunswick, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland will continue to be licensed by the Moncton Commission to fight in other provinces. “(The Commission) is not going to hurt anyone who has never been out of line and that is from any school,” states Gerry.
Three individuals that the Commission thinks have been out of line are Steve, Mike, and John Williams – three individuals who have participated in almost every aspect of Moncton MMA. The trio has been “suspended indefinitely by the MBWC and the suspensions are supported by other commissions across the country that have called me today”. Doiron-Gould cannot go into details of why they were suspended as “police files have been opened up – not by (the MWBC).”
Doiron does regret the need to suspend the Williams’ family. “I worked hand-in-hand with Steven Williams to help him. I have bailed them out. Steve Williams has gone on record and said ‘If it was not for Gerry, this show could not have gone on’. I made calls to other coaches for him to help make fights on his behalf . That’s a fact. Just to save his card.”
Why not suspend the individuals who broke regulations and not suspend MMA? “That was probably a route that (the MWBC) could have explored, but we felt we needed to review MMA as a whole at this time.”
Gerry Doiron-Gould says, “I would look forward to MMA being reinstated but there may be some people not involved who have caused the problems that have arisen. Everybody in this world must play by rules and live by rules including you and me. Some people do not believe they have to follow rules.”