Ontario moves to allow MMA!

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“Its done UFC is coming to ontario! Thank you premier dalton mcguinty and minister of consumer services sophia aggelontis! U 2 made it happen”

What started off as a tweet by Dana White this morning has quickly ballooned into a deluge of happy Ontario, and Canadian, MMA fans rejoicing that MMA is FINALLY coming to Ontario.

The Province of Ontario website reports:

Ontario is taking steps to allow professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events in the province.
The province would adopt the same rules for professional MMA that are widely used across North America. This announcement paves the way for the first regulated professional MMA event to be held in Ontario in 2011.

As MMA has grown in popularity throughout the world, many cities have reaped the economic rewards of hosting events. A major MMA event in Ontario could attract up to 30,000 fans and generate up to $6 million in local economic activity – everything from hotel rooms to restaurants and other stores and services.

While MMA events provide an economic benefit, Ontario’s priority is the safety of the competitors. By regulating professional MMA Ontario could enhance the safety of all participants by ensuring explicit safety and medical standards are met at licensed events.

If you’re on Twitter, make sure you toss Dana and Ontario MPP Sophia Aggelonitis a thanks!

Aggelonitis had this to say:

“Our government has been monitoring MMA for some time. We know that the sport has evolved and that Ontarians want to see it here. My goal is to make sure we have the tools to keep the competitors safe, and provide an economic boost to communities that want to host MMA events.”

Top MMA News, as your leader for Canadian Mixed Martial Arts news will naturally be following and reporting on further developments to the Ontarian MMA scene! Maybe UFC 124 GSP vs Koscheck in TO anyone? We can only hope…

7 Responses to “ Ontario moves to allow MMA! ”

  1. Awesome news! Can you imagine GSP vs Koscheck in TO. That would be nuts!

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  2. Mike Davis says:

    about damn time, Canadian MMA just took a huge leap forward!

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  3. Rowbo says:

    So pumped! I can finally watch fights in my home province!

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  4. brodes says:

    Wow, this is a pivotal day in the sport. This is going to mean alot of changes to regional MMA

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  5. Jason says:

    Sure is brodes! Gonna be interesting to see how it all shakes out…

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  6. brodes says:

    If I had to guess I bet by January there is 3-4 new promotions in Toronto alone. Its a great step in Ontario MMA but I cant help but be a bit nervous that its going to split up alot of talent. Thats just me being selfish though, seeing as I live in Ottawa and get to see alot of great fighters from Toronto come down this way to fight. Nervertheless thanks to the Ontario Govt for finally getting this done!

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  7. CR says:

    Good news for MMA in Canada, but I wonder how this will affect possible UFC cards in Winnipeg. I had heard there was talk of them having one here in the next year, but now with TO set up, it’s not gonna happen.

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