July 30th, 2013

Earlier this month I discussed the combat sports athletic commission rumored to be coming to Weyburn, Sakatchewan concluding that if Cities in Saskatchewan have the authority to regulate MMA under the Cities Act and there is “no interference from the Provincial legislature” then the path may be clear for municipal commissions. I have just been informed […]

July 16th, 2013

The Manitoba Combative Sports Commission released a statement today regarding their UFC 161 drug testing.  The statement stated that no one failed their drug test and that no one was granted any exemption from testing. Here is the complete statement from Executive Director Joel Fingard: The Manitoba Combative Sports Commission had random drug testing conducted […]

June 27th, 2013

Yes, once again here comes a lawyer to take all the fun out of things!  Today I will breakdown the legal authority (or lack thereof) of the Calgary Combative Sports Commission to regulate AMMA. AFC 20 is scheduled to take place in Calgary in July and three amateur bouts are reportedly taking place.   Given the […]

June 26th, 2013

The Edmonton Combative Sports Commission has changed the result of the Unified MMA 16 fight between Cody Ries and Teague Smith following a protest of a commission timing error from Teague Smith’s team. The fight was held in Edmonton, Alberta on June 21, 2013.  In the back and forth fight, Cody Ries was named the […]

June 26th, 2013

With Bill S-209 now in force, the legislative floodgates are opening with regional governments passing laws addressing mixed martial arts and other combat sports.   Alberta’s Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) is the latest to enter the fray with the City Council having just passed a Combative Sports Commission Bylaw. The new bylaw received Third […]

June 20th, 2013

Bill S-209, which overhauled the Criminal Code to allow Provinces to give MMA a legal framework in Canada has now received Royal Assent. This makes the new law now in force. MP Bal Gosal issued the following comments: OTTAWA, June 20, 2013 /CNW/ – The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), today issued the […]

June 13th, 2013

Top MMA News caught up with top Canadian MMA referee Yves Lavigne in Winnipeg. In this video interview, Lavigne discusses: his work with the Manitoba Combative Sports Commission preceding UFC 161, how he got involved with Quebec MMA and refereeing, and his thoughts on Bill S-209.

June 12th, 2013

Top MMA News caught up with Joel Fingard prior to the UFC 161 event on Winnipeg. In the interview, the Manitoba Combative Sports Commission’s Executive Director discusses: the work involved with the June 15th UFC event, why his commission recently changed their name, the impacts of Bill S-209 that was recently ratified in the House […]

May 15th, 2013

At the end of the month, BC’s Athletic Commissioner Act will be in force.  Once in force, all “professional” MMA and Boxing Events in BC will be regulated by the provincial commission with Vancouver and other local governments being given the ability to outlaw the sport with the passing of local bylaws. BC’s First Athletic […]

April 16th, 2013

As Yogi Berra said, ‘It ain’t over till it’s over.’  While Bill S-209 is expected to pass into law giving professional MMA a legal framework in Canada, the Canadian Medical Association is doing what it can to derail this result. In a press release issued this week, it is reported that the president of the Canadian […]

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