Ontario Legalizes Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Host of Amateur Combat Sports

For years Ontario has ignored section 83 of the Criminal Code creating confusion as to the legality of various combative sports.  At long last this has changed with Ontario passing Order in Council 1087-2017 designating exactly which amateur sports are legal and how they are to be governed. In short, Ontario has designated that the … More Ontario Legalizes Muay Thai, Kickboxing and Host of Amateur Combat Sports

Legal Hurdles To Licence Kelvin Gastelum for UFC 206

Update November 29, 2016 – It is being reported that the NYSAC is prepared to waive the suspension in lieu of a fine thus clearing the way for Gastelum to be licenced in Ontario assuming prompt payment of the of the fine. __________________________________ Update – Shortly after publishing this article Gastelum replied with the following … More Legal Hurdles To Licence Kelvin Gastelum for UFC 206

Ontario Adopts California Style Early Weigh Ins For UFC Fight Night 89

After the largely popular early weigh ins conducted in California at UFC  199 MMAFighting.com’s Marc Raimondi, who has been perhaps the most consistent reporter addressing rapid extreme weight cut issues in the sport, advises that the same protocols will be used for UFC Fight Night 89 this week in Ottawa, Canada. Raimondi reports as follows: … More Ontario Adopts California Style Early Weigh Ins For UFC Fight Night 89

WBC Boycotts Ontario – Sites Safety Concerns With Athletic Commission

In the aftermath of an April  12, 2016 knockout loss by Mexican fighter Guillermo Herrera, who remains in a Canadian hospital dealing with the aftermath of a ruptured blood vessel in his brain, the World Boxing Counsel has issued a press release indicating they will no longer sanction bouts in Ontario, Canada citing safety concerns with … More WBC Boycotts Ontario – Sites Safety Concerns With Athletic Commission

Ontario Pledges To “Clarify The Legal Status of Amateur Combative Sport”

The Province of Ontario has been one of the slowest in Canada to respond to their Criminal Code powers to legalize amateur mixed martial arts and other combat sports.  As previously discussed, Ontario’s response to date has been silence making amateur MMA along with a host of other combative sports technically illegal in the Province. Last … More Ontario Pledges To “Clarify The Legal Status of Amateur Combative Sport”

Just a Friendly Reminder that Ontario Turns a Blind Eye to Doping in Combat Sports

Lost in this week’s story by Josh Gross discussing the UFC’s role in mixed martial arts ‘TRT era’ is the important parallel story that doping is 100% legal under Ontario’s combat sports regulations. Combat sports regulation in Ontario is filled with problems such as the government turning a blind eye to amateur MMA which is illegal … More Just a Friendly Reminder that Ontario Turns a Blind Eye to Doping in Combat Sports

Breaking News – Ontario Proposes to Legalize Amateur MMA

Since last year I have been pressing Ontario for answers about if or when they will exercise their section 83 Criminal Code powers to legalize amateur MMA and other non-Olympic combat sports. Ontario has finally provided a substantive reply and the Province advises that they plan on legalizing amateur MMA along with  many other combat sports. … More Breaking News – Ontario Proposes to Legalize Amateur MMA

Willful Blindness Remains Ontario Government Response to Amatuer MMA

This past weekend the Canadian Amateur Mixed Martial Arts National Championships (an event affiliated with the IMMAF) took place in Ontario and the Province, apparently aware of the well publicized event, appears content to look the other way instead of passing appropriate laws to allow such events to be hosted in compliance with the Criminal Code. … More Willful Blindness Remains Ontario Government Response to Amatuer MMA

Ontario Reviewing Legal Change For Amateur MMA / Combat Sports

The Ontario Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport has replied to my requests regarding the Province’s intentions now that Bill S-209 has passed. The Ministry advises that the Government is “reviewing the changes in the law and considering the best approach for the province“. The Ministry is seeking feedback from the combat sports industry and … More Ontario Reviewing Legal Change For Amateur MMA / Combat Sports

Is Ontario Selectively Prosecuting MMA Events?

I have previously highlighted why there is no proper framework for amateur MMA in Ontario and until appropriate post Bill S-209 laws are passed amateur MMA events cannot comply with section 83 of the Criminal Code. Despite this it appears that some amateur Combat Sports events are taking place without government repercussions.  Pecker’d Promotions discusses … More Is Ontario Selectively Prosecuting MMA Events?