Moncton MMA: Elite1 MMA Organizers Respond to Suspensions
Top MMA News staff had attended a Elite 1 MMA show July 25th in Moncton, New Brunswick and witnesses a well-run, well-attended MMA card. Since that time, Moncton MMA has seen some great upheaval:
Thursday, September 10: Moncton Boxing and Wrestling Commission MBWC) unanimously agrees to suspend MMA for 6 months.
Friday, September 11: Top MMA News learns that Elite 1 MMA promoters Steve and Mike Williams and their father John Williams were suspended indefinitely on September 9 by the MBWC.
Steve, Mike, and John Williams were contacted by Top MMA News last Friday asking them to comment on their suspensions. At the time, they could not comment as that was the first that they had heard about the suspensions. Since that time, Top MMA News has been trying to get Steve or Mike Williams, the owners of Elite 1 MMA, or John Williams, the Team Saigo trainer, to comment on the situation. After seeking legal representation, Elite 1 MMA Productions has now released the following statement to Top MMA News:
“The Elite1MMA Productions Staff would like to post after few days of silence.
Friday Afternoon Mr Mike Williams, Mr Steven Williams (Founders of Elite1MMA Productions) and Mr John Williams (Manager/Trainer Team Saigo) found out that they were indefinitely suspended by the Moncton Boxing and Wrestling Commission.
On Sept12 Gerry Doiron-Gould announces the suspension of the Williams “Trio” and stated that he cannot go into details explaining why the “Trio” was suspended as “police files have been opened up leaving the Williams “Trio” speechless. On Sept. 14, 2009 Mr. Steve Williams and Mr. John Williams went to the RCMP station to get this verified and no such files are open on any of the names mentions above or on Elite1mma Productions. By Gerry Doiron-Gould giving this false statement, it lead the public to believe that Elite1MMA Productions has done some sort of crime or/and have been out of line.
An email was sent to Gerry Doiron-Gould (Chairman of the Moncton Boxing & Wrestling Commission) and Graham Walker (Secretary/Treasurer Moncton Boxing and Wrestling Commission) asking them to supply a reason for the suspension on Sept. 14, 2009. Up to date, no reason of suspension has been received by the Moncton Boxing & Wrestling Commission.
The Elite1MMA Team would like to let everyone know that they have not gone into hiding, they have been advised not to make any comments or any interviews on their situation until given a reason for their suspensions from the Moncton Boxing and Wrestling Commission.
Elite1MMA productions would like to thank everyone for their support.”
How can a person be suspended and never be told they are suspended? How can a person be suspended and never be told what regulation they have broken? Gerry Doiron-Gould could not comment to the wrongdoers, to Top MMA News or to other commissions as to the reason behind these suspensions. Lets hope that the Moncton Boxing and Wrestling Commission conducts a thorough review of its own procedures while performing their “MMA review” during the six month MMA ban.