Cody McKenzie Scheduled to Fight in Midst of MMA Suspension

Posted: March 20, 2015 in Uncategorized

Update March 22, 2015 – Ryan Machan has confirmed this bout has now been cancelled –

Cody McKenzie Fight Cancelled Tweet

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In an interesting development, former UFC Fighter Cody McKenzie is scheduled to headline Havoc FC 8 which takes place on March 27, 2015 in Red Deer Alberta.  Here is the promotions advertisement of the bout –

Havoc FC 8 McKenzie Announcement

McKenzie is currently serving a 3 month suspension levied by the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission following an intentional headbutt disqualification loss at WSOF 18 which took place on February 12, 2015.  Earlier this month McKenzie’s appeal of this suspension was dismissed by the ECSC. The Havoc FC8 date is squarely in the middle of this suspension.  McKenzie could judicially review the suspension as it is arguably on shaky statutory ground but any such review likely could not be completed before the upcoming HavocFC fight card.

I have reached to Havoc FC promoter and combatant Ryan Machan via twitter to inquire whether the bout is still proceeding but have yet to receive a reply.

RyanMacha Tweet Re McKEnzie

Red Deer Alberta does not have its own Athletic Commission and instead events have to be approved by City Council on an event by event basis.  (Red Deer resolution regarding combat sports).

Red Deer has approved Havoc FC 8 on the condition that it is overseen by the Central Combative Sports Commission which has the statutory jurisdiction to oversee events in other jurisdictions in limited circumstances.

It is unclear if this bout is proceeding or if the CCSC is prepared to honour the suspension levied by the ECSC.

I will update this story as it further develops.

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