Weyburn, Central Commission in Talks to Bring Sanctioned MMA to Saskatchewan Town
Weyburn is looking at allowing Alberta’s Central Combative Sports Commission to sanction pro and amateur events in its municipality, according to a Greg Nikkel report in the Weyburn Review.
In April 2013, Prestige Fight Club held their first show, entitled “The Rising”, in Weyburn. That amateur MMA event was not sanctioned by a governing body. With Bill S-209 recently being signed into law, unsanctioned MMA is now illegal. Prestige Fight Club, the City of Weyburn, and the Central Combative Sports Commission are looking to bring a sanctioning body to the municipality as there is no provincial commission in Saskatchewan.
On June 15th, the City of Weyburn gave a first reading to a new bylaw which would allow the Central Combative Sports Commission to oversee professional and amateur MMA events held in the town. The Weyburn Review report states that the final reading for the new bylaw will be on August 19th.
Top MMA News contacted the Central Combative Sports Commission, who also oversee fights in Red Deer, about the Weyburn bylaw reading. They cautioned that this was still in early discussions and that approval from provincial authorities is required for this to move forward. The commission representative issued the following statement,
“Until this is approved by provincial authorities, municipal authorities, and verified by the Central Combative Sports Commission, this is still just entry level discussions.”