Last year I highlighted BC’s position that professional kickboxing and muay thai events are not allowed under the updated Section 83 of the Criminal Code. The Senator that drafted the law responded disagreeing with the Province’s narrow interpretation of the law. Senator Runciman has since taken a stronger stance stating that BC’s interpretation of the law he … More Senator Runciman: View that Pro Kickboxing Can’t Be Legal “Defies Logic”.
Update – February 28, 2014 – the CNMMAF has now released the details of the format which, while may not be a good measure of who the best MMA competitors are, seems to take care in trying to avoid being labeled a ‘prize fight‘ under the Criminal Code. Here are the details of the tryouts: … More More on the CNMMAF “Tryouts” – Testing Shades of Grey in Canada’s Criminal Code
Prosecutions under section 83 of the Criminal Code are few and far between and published reasons for judgement addressing such prosecutions are even more scarce. Recently unpublished reasons for judgement were shared with me addressing proceedings on a guilty plea during a section 83 prosecution in Ontario in 2003. I highlight these here for the … More One From The Vault – Transcript from “Prizefighting” Guilty Plea Sentencing
Update June 24, 2014 – The criminal charges have apparently come to end by way of conditional discharge _____________________________________________________________ Update January 30, 2014– it is now reported that Criminal Charges are being pressed as a result of this event _____________________________________________________________ Update October 15, 2013 – Marlo Pritchard, Chief of Police for the City of Weyburn, … More Let’s Find Out What Happens To Unsanctioned Canadian MMA in a Post S-209 World…
When an unlawful combat sports event takes place in Canada typically prosecutions will take one of two forms, either pursuant to Section 83 of the Criminal Code for being unlawful ‘prize fights’ or under various Provincial or Municipal legislation involving unsanctioned combat sport events. Since section 83 of the Criminal Code was overhauled by Bill … More Prize Fighting Prosecutions and Combat Sports in Canada
Despite a relatively long history of hosting professional MMA bouts, inlcuding several high profile UFC contests, professional MMA bouts presently are illegal in Canada. This is so due to the outdated language of section 83 of Canada’s Criminal Code which makes it an offence to engage in a “prize fight” except in limited circumstances. Currently Section 83 … More Canada Looking to Formally Decriminalize Mixed Martial Arts