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Just a few days after a bunch of those crazy, socialist Canadian doctors – probably the same lot who tried to kill Brock Lesnar – called for a nationwide ban on MMA, the Ontario government announced on Saturday it will sanction the sport beginning in 2011. Take that, quacks! (OK fine, the two stories are probably unrelated, but still …)

Ontario and its capital city of Toronto opening their doors to MMA is being regarded as kind of a big deal and the news touched off some fairly hilarious quotes among the local politicians north of the border. The Canadian Press is also asserting that the UFC might hold off on Georges St. Pierre’s rematch with Josh Koscheck until the new year so it can stage that “blockbuster bout” at the Air Canada Centre or Rogers Centre. Oh Canada, so adorable with your funny spellings, earnest political discourse and relentless optimism.

"Perhaps the UFC will declare Dalton McGuinty the heavyweight champion of flip-flopping," said Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, about the Ontario premier and his Liberal government’s sudden about-face on MMA.

We assume this was regarded as a totally sweet burn in Canadian political circles, the kind of thing that could result in a leather glove across the face and a call for the two to meet with pistols at dawn. Frankly, the very idea of Progressive Conservatives puts our tiny, two-party brains in a tizzy. So, moving on …

Though some Canadian pols gave a bit of lip-service on Saturday to the notion of sanctioning making MMA safer, the bottom line seemed to be this: Ontario, according to the CBC, is almost $20 million in debt and thinks the sport can give it a financial boost.  “The government said one MMA (event) could attract up to 30,000 fans and generate up to $6 million in economic activity,” the Canadian Press writes.

Marc Ratner, the UFC’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, said the world’s largest MMA promotion was “thrilled” by the move and said Toronto has been the UFC’s top per-capita market in terms of pay-per-view buys and viewers. UFC co-owner Lorenzo Ferttita has said Canada accounts for 17 percent of his company’s total business, according to the CBC.

Company president Dana White told the Las Vegas Sun last week that St. Pierre vs. Koscheck II was likely headed for the Nevada desert, but added he would’ve taken the show to Toronto “in a heartbeat” if that were an option. The UFC is putting an entire season of “The Ultimate Fighter” behind promoting that bout and if the reality show wraps up in December, it seems unlikely the UFC would hold the fight over for another month just to take it to Canada. Might be worth it, though, just to piss off Koscheck …

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igghost7- August 16, 2011 at 3:33 am
nice article... very informative
beachzomb- August 16, 2010 at 9:23 am
Are we going to spend 1Billion on security for the event?

Rogers will easily sellout the 65000 seats for this...over and over again.

Joedirt- August 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm
Freakin awesome. 1 hour away from UFC... about time. Good news too for all those ammys out there. Maybe get some experience without having to cross that border.
Mr_Misanthropy- August 15, 2010 at 4:23 pm
Aha! Now is the time to embark upon my plan of self-induced chemically-assisted permanent reduction of cognitive functioning.

Sweet free money here I come...
Ballkick- August 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Money? I like money!

Unfortunately you would never qualify for any stimulus package unless you meet the guidelines set forth by the Keynesian economic criteria.
However if you are on a first name basis with any of the CEO's on Wall Street, or anyone high up in the Federal Reserve, or Banking Moguls. you might be able to get some of that sweet free money given out by the American Taxpayers. Government.
One more way would be to be unemployed or on Social Assistance, but the remuneration would be substantially diminished.

My advice is to win the lottery.
Canadian Chronic- August 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm
yaaaaaaayyyyyyy!!!!! bout fuckin time!

have the first event at the Rogers Centre headlined by GSP, and i guarantee the largest crowd in mma history, 65k

cant wait to buy my ticket
Mr_Misanthropy- August 15, 2010 at 12:31 pm
Money? I like money!
RwilsonR- August 15, 2010 at 11:02 am
@ MaxTheLimit

Why do you have to ruin everyone's fun with your actual understanding of basic budgets?

Let's get back to the fun times and ignore actual numbers. Stimulus for everyone!!!
MaxTheLimit- August 15, 2010 at 10:30 am
I still think that false statement that Ontario is 20 million in debt is a bit misleading. It is a 20 billion dollar deficit. That means the debt grows 20 billion dollars. The debt is actually at about 213 billion dollars. That is significantly more than 20 million...
cecils_pupils- August 15, 2010 at 9:38 am
*coughs, clears throat and lowers voice*

Good sir. I do say that this article was rather well-written. Chock full of tidbitty quotes and witty banter, Dundas my boy I do say you have outdone yourself. Bravo..., I say bravo!

Now... on to tea time.
Japanadian- August 15, 2010 at 9:08 am
Our funny spellings?!?
the Stonebriar Centre mall in Frisco, Texas
Rockville Centre, New York
Centre College in Kentucky.
RwilsonR- August 15, 2010 at 8:56 am
I'm a fan of this Dundas guy. This was a great article. It was funny, and it was actually informative. I learned that Toronto is the capital of a province called Ontario, and that a province is kind of like a state. I'm going to impress a lot of people if I ever get on Jeopardy... I think that host guy is Canadian.
Kimbos Bread- August 15, 2010 at 6:44 am

I for one think that if fitch should get another shot at the title he should go through the new and improved Matt Hughes. Anyone else agree?
Charming Charlie- August 15, 2010 at 12:18 am
Cheers for the writing, Chad. It was informative and fun to read, ala the Bens.
mattebabel- August 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm
LOL @ newdeal (the leafs)

HEY, we're always looking forward until next season, I KNOW... but inadvertantly or not, you just made an awesome diss.. kudos!
dogpt3- August 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm
@ newdeal I got 10 seasons for the leafs 2nd row center ice, if you wanna pay the face you can buy as many as you would like.
orlandomac- August 14, 2010 at 7:14 pm
Yes bodes very well for Ontario will be insane...

I remember after reading it was on the back burner in the newspaper I wrote McSQuinty persoanlly with a two page letter.. followed by many more I am sure..

I guess it got put on the front burner on Provincial issues..

Hey if GSP fights in December he will be ready at the end of March to knock out what used to be one of my favs before he decided to turn every fight into a sleeper.. Jon Fitch.

Anyways should be a lot of fun...
Get Off Me- August 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm
That is awesome, welcome to the real world of MMA Toronto, WTF took you so long?

Not only because I have GSP to win on about a dozen parlays of mine and the fight must take place before Dec.31st for their to be action......GSP is not from Toronto and while he is Canadian, that is simply not good enough reason, I would understand holding this fight if it were Montreal just announcing they legalized MMA, but I am sure Dana and Joe could design a great card for the promotions debut in Ontario.
Let GSP and Koscheck fight on December 11th as planned.
newdeal- August 14, 2010 at 6:37 pm
Dana will hold this fight in Toronto because he can easily sell 40,000 tickets in about 8 hours and probably sell another 5,000 for a simulcast held at an outside venue. There is no doubt this show would make records for the ufc although ANY card in Toronto would set records for the ufc. Toronto has the perfect combo of population, money, tons of fight fans, and the other sporting event people care about (the leafs) is impossible to get tickets to
just some dong- August 14, 2010 at 6:25 pm
Way to go, America's Hat!
Omelette Platter- August 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm
^^ does a damn fine gsp accent
Angry Whopper- August 14, 2010 at 5:57 pm
I am quite eempress wid de performans of de politicians.
El Guapo- August 14, 2010 at 4:50 pm
Viva Canada!
BackbaconBilly- August 14, 2010 at 4:40 pm
Bout time!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ballkick- August 14, 2010 at 4:19 pm
AS I said yesterday,.....Eff U....B.C.