August 12th, 2014

Last week a British Columbia jury awarded former UFC fighter Jason Day approximately $340,000 following what turned out to be a career ending motor vehicle collision. Day was struck on his bicycle by an SUV and sustained chronic soft tissue injuries to his knees and ankles. While the injuries did not prevent him from pursuing […]

April 24th, 2014

Following the legal shake up caused by Bill S-209 which had the practical effect of shutting down MMA and Kickboxing  in Moncton, the Province of New Brunswick has now introduced legislation to create a Province wide athletic commission which will legalize and regulate these sports throughout the Province. Bill 72, the “Combat Sport Act” was […]

February 11th, 2014

Earlier this year, I highlighted why the anticipated Canadian Amateur MMA Championships cannot lawfully be held in Ontario given the lack of Bill S-209 compliant laws in the Province. It now appears that the planned event has hit a wall with local authorities.  Alex Gasson, who operates the Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Championship Series, has […]

January 30th, 2014

Last September, I highlighted an amateur MMA event which took place in Weyburn, Saskatchewan without SMAA sanctioning.  (The SMAA is the body designated by Order in Council 479/2013 with the power to sanction and oversee amateur combat sports in Saskatchewan in compliance with the Criminal Code). In a move that should come as no surprise to those that […]

November 26th, 2013

I thought that Weyburn Saskatchewan would be the first to teach us what happens when an unsanctioned combat sport is hosted in a post Bill S-209 world but the matter is apparently still “under investigation”.  Moving East, Charlottetown PEI has just demonstrated the modern reality of what occurs when a combat sports event is planned […]

November 6th, 2013

Earlier this year the Government of Saskatchewan legalized amateur MMA and other combat sports and announced plans to create a Provincial Athletic Commission to address professional combat sports.  The first legislative step to make this a reality has now taken place. The Government introduced Bill 108 “An Act Respecting the Athletics Commission and Professional Contests or […]

October 5th, 2013

As previously discussed, Bill S-209 did not make MMA legal in all of Canada, instead it made the sport illegal by default and forced Provinces to pass appropriate laws if they wished to change this.  Provinces that fail to act in a timely manner jeopardize the local landscape of the sport.  Such a situation appears […]

September 26th, 2013

</a>When it comes to “Professional” combat sports, Section 83 of the Criminal Code makes them all illegal except a “boxing contest or mixed martial arts contest held in a province with the permission or under the authority of an athletic board, commission or similar body established by or under the authority of the province’s legislature […]

August 14th, 2013

As discussed earlier this month, Saskatchewan has plans underway to legalize MMA.  Although it appeared amateur MMA was to be legalized the plans apparently also will include professional MMA.  The Government of Saskatchewan has just released the following press release: The Government of Saskatchewan has approved the establishment of a provincial athletics commission and is taking […]

August 2nd, 2013

The BC Athletic Commissioner’s powers have been expanded to regulate all pro and amateur MMA, kickboxing, pankration and Muay Thai events. In addition to this, amateur combat sports in the programme of the IOC along with karate, kung fu, wushu, grappling and jiu jitsu will not require government regulation and have been exempted by the […]

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