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EXCLUSIVE: Several Promotions Including Strikeforce Apply for Promoter’s Licenses in Ontario

(Now that MMA is legal in Ontario, the bandwagon will undoubtedly carry in a glut of Dana White wannabes. Let’s hope the OAC knows how to weed out the legit promoters from the scumbags.)

It looks like the UFC might get beaten to the proverbial punch when it comes to holding the inaugural sanctioned MMA event in Ontario. has learned from a source close to the situation that several promotions, including San Jose-based Strikeforce and Edmonton’s Maximum Fighting Championship have applied for promoter’s licenses in Ontario and pending approval by the Ontario Athletic Commission, at least three shows have been penciled in ahead of the UFC’s April 29 show in Toronto.

Although none of the shows have been given the go-ahead by the province as of time of writing, a number of venues have been tentatively reserved — some by first-time promoters — across the province in such locales as Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Orillia. 

One promoter announced today that he is moving full steam ahead with a proposed April 2 card that is being planned for Casino Rama, located two hours north of Toronto. According to a Canadian Press story, UK-based promoter Robert Waterman’s MMA: The Reckoning card will be anchored by English fighters Tom "Kong" Watson and Dean Amasinger. CagePotato has since learned that the main event of the card will likely feature former IFL and WEC lightweight and London, Ontario native Chris "The Polish Hammer" Horodecki against a yet-to-be-named opponent.

At least two other promotions, including a group from Hamilton who has set its sights on the Hamilton Entertainment and Convention Facilities Incorporated (HECFI) for its tentative show, are campaigning for licenses to hold events in March.

Ontario announced last August that it would be sanctioning the sport in the province beginning in 2011. The Ministry of Consumer Services began accepting applications from promoters on January 1.

Hopefully, for the sake of the fans, fighters and legitimate promoters in the province, the Johnny-come-latelys don’t screw up what MMA supporters, campaigners and lobbyists worked so hard to finally accomplish these past 17 years in Ontario.

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Joedirt- January 10, 2011 at 4:40 pm
In all fairness... what Dana and the UFC have done for MMA would have been done by somebody else if not them. They are the leaders of the pack but if they weren't around somebody else would have stepped up and grown.
Canadian Chronic- January 10, 2011 at 4:11 pm

MMA was legal in lotsa provinces across Canada long before the UFC came knockin. They've been holding shows in Quebec under TKO(until they folded) well back a decade or so, tons of different orgs out west and if you were really hurtin for some fisticuffs, drive out to the local reserve, they've been putting shows on forever.

DFW has done alot for the sport, not nearly as much as other ppl tho, and to throw all the credit his way is kinda ridiculous.

But, yeah I hope nobody dies either

BryanF- January 10, 2011 at 2:55 pm
well dana white was right. The UFC was gonna do all the ass-kissing, heavy lifting, and bitch work to get MMA legalized in Canada and now, here come all the bush league promotions. I really hope nobody dies before a quality card gets to come here.
ccman- January 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Damn guapo, i forgot; Ontario - n. - a great place to land between palm springs and LA, where one can save hours of boarding and baggage claim, 200 bucks on a ticket price, and anything resembling scenary. Continental goes there and so should you! for the 15 minutes it takes to get a rental and go where the chicks are......
El Guapo- January 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm
"Who is Ontario?"

Wow. Just wow. Look, punk, I know you just logged on to troll the countless regulars here(including our Supreme Leader MRuss)who hold a special place in their heart for Ontario and any of the other great northern lands of the Great northernly North, but I take offense to that. Even if I'm not from there, because CP is united as one, borders be damned!! So next time you attempt to insult one of the greatest places on Earth, think twice. Oh, and Ontario is a city in Southern California, about an hour Northeast of L.A. Good day, sir.
RwilsonR- January 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm
@ ccman - if they keep David Loiseau and his mob ties out of it, everything should be just fine.
Fried Taco- January 10, 2011 at 11:52 am
I hope the comments here don't start bashing my favorite MMA site again. is the best!!
ccman- January 10, 2011 at 11:41 am
@ Gill

Ontario was a french revolutionary who is famous for the battle cry "we surrender so long as you still allow us to make our overly rich sauces to cover the taste of our bad meats"

Modern french it translates into "oddly hot for a bunch of hairy smelly woman" woman not being gender specific.

GILL-uh-TEEN- January 10, 2011 at 11:33 am
Who is Ontario?
Smitty- January 10, 2011 at 11:29 am
No cares about the negotiations, just announce when the fight is gonna be there. If not......announce when and where the fights gonna be so we can watch it where ever its at.
ccman- January 10, 2011 at 11:27 am
Please oh please lord, do not allow these fly by night, mismatch making promotions ruin this before we get the toronto card.... i so want a record sales number outta toronto. not for any reason other than I know the market should produce one, just ask any maple leaf fan.