Amateur MMA Coming to Edmonton March 12
Amateur MMA is coming to Edmonton thanks to the efforts of a group of individuals including: Frank Lee, Craig Moore, Keijiro Noda, Dean Panas, Marty Fedec, Pat Reid, and Mickey Ali. The first event that will feature amateur MMA will be Frank Lee’s Combat League, which will be held at the Edmonton Event Centre on March 12.
The amateur MMA portion of the Frank Lee event will be overseen by a new sanctioning body called the Edmonton Amateur Combative Sports Council headed by Mickey Ali. A modified version of the Unified Rules will utilized, except the following:
- No CT scan required
- Same day weigh-ins to avoid big weight cuts
- No knees or elbows to the head – standing or on the ground
- No heel hooks, knee bars, neck cranks.
- 3 x 3 minute rounds
Pat Reid, Executive Director of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission had this to say about the new amateur program.
“I applaud their efforts – opportunities for beginning fighters to gain amateur experience was one of the missing pieces of the combative sports industry in the City of Edmonton. That no longer is a problem. Hopefully the organisation can stage an event a month and continue to grow interest in the skill of mixed martial arts in this area.”
Additionally, the ECSC will soon require fighters to debut in the amateur ranks. Reid explained the proposed pro rule change.
“The ECSC will soon make it a requirement that pro debut fighters who want to fight professionally in Edmonton must have amateur experience, must have a winning amateur record. With amateur events in Calgary and Edmonton, opportunities for amateur fighters are available – and hopefully other commissions will continue to expand the opportunity.”
Tickets for the amateur event, which also includes Muay Thai bouts, are available at Frank Lee’s, through the fighters on the card, or from Dean Panas.
Frank Lee’s Combat League Lineup