Prestige MMA, Fort Mac Commission Update
Earlier this week, Top MMA News wrote a piece on the Prestige MMA show. At the time, the promotion stated that the Fort McMurray Mixed Martial Arts Association (FMMMAA) was sanctioning the show.
Top MMA News has looked further into the legality of the show. In Alberta, the province does not sanction Mixed Martial Arts. Instead, each municipality must decide whether to regulate MMA. The FMMMAA is not a commission that was formed by the regional municipality responsible for Fort McMurray. Here is the response from the Office of Mayor Melissa Blake:
The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has not created the Fort McMurray Mixed Martial Arts Association as a governing body, however, in the absence of such a municipal body or bylaw, the event scheduled for September 19, 2010 remains subject to provincial, not municipal jurisdiction. As a result, our Municipality has no authority to either sanction or oppose the intended event.
What is Happening?
- Top MMA News has been told off the record is that several Alberta commissions may be informing gyms that fighters could be suspended if they fight on this non-sanctioned show. Fighters should be aware of this potential risk. Fighters have previously been suspended by commission for fighting on unsanctioned shows in Ontario.
- Several fighters have already pulled out of the Prestige event.
Top MMA News is trying to get a response from Sandy Bowman to find out the status of the show. Prestige could continue in an unsanctioned state. Other Alberta promotions have used commissions from other municipalities to oversee their events, but there are questions of the legality of commissions leaving their jurisdictions. Tickets are still on sale for the event. Stay tuned to Top MMA News for further updates on this story.