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UFC 115 Has Been a Pain in the Ass to Execute Thanks to the City of Vancouver


(Way to support the sport, Vancouver.)

If UFC 115 goes off this weekend without a hitch, it won’t be because of the help and support of the City of Vancouver.

According to Vancouver Athletic Commission chair Mirko Mladenovic, the event has been close to being cancelled several times due to the city’s stringent insurance demands of the UFC. Mladenovic told the Vancouver Sun’s Candice MacKinnon that the "astronomical" and "substantial" amount of insurance the city requires will likely deter not only the UFC from coming back to Vancouver during the two-year trial sanctioning  period, but he also doubts any other promotions will want to deal with the "ongoing nightmare" Zuffa and the VAC has had to go through while organizing the event.


“They’ve tried so many times to kill this event in so many ways,” Mladenovic said.

Several sources peg the the amount of insurance the city required the UFC to obtain at close to $12 Million CDN, although the city would not substantiate the figure.

At the Toronto press conference held to announce that the company would be opening a Canadian office in the Ontario city two weeks ago, UFC president Dana White shot down the rumor that his organization would likely not make any money from the event. "I hope not. No. That’s not true. We’re making money of the show," White said with a grin.

Members of the commission, all of whom are volunteers who are entrenched in the city’s MMA community, met with the city on Friday and things soon became heated. At one point, Mladenovic threatened to renege on the commission’s motion to sanction the event due to all of the hoops the city was forcing them to jump through, but cooler heads prevailed and the two sides were able to compromise on a few details.

“There are a number of conditions that haven’t yet been satisfied.” said Hamill after the meeting. “We fully expect that they will be. There’s just a number of insurance documents the city hasn’t received and a couple of agreements that need to be be amended slightly. My understanding from talking to the lawyers is that everything is going along fine. It’s just a matter of getting the documentation to confirm everything and to make sure that the lawyers on each side are happy with the legal language and its all done in a way that’s to the satisfaction of both lawyers. We’re fully expecting that it’s going to be resolved.”

City Councillor Kerry Jang told 24 Hours newspaper on Monday that because the sport is technically illegal in British Columbia and that the province isn’t assisting in sanctioning, the city was forced to cover its own ass first.

“The city has been backed into a corner. We have no choice but to demand high insurance, because we’re not protected by the province like Montreal is," Jang explained. "We’ve done everything we can to support MMA in the city.”

Jang also intimated that this is likely the last event the city will be involved with, despite passing a unanimous motion that it would allow MMA shows on a trial basis for two years.

“I think that’s fair to say [that this is the last event we will be involved with]," Jung said. “If the UFC wants to come back, they should be working with the provincial and federal governments.”

Having swum upstream with the city for the past year while working towards getting an event sanctioned in Vancouver, UFC vice-president Marc Ratner told 24 Hours last month that ideally, the company would prefer to do exactly what Jung suggests.

“We want a provincial athletic commission as they do in Quebec,” Ratner said. “It is easer; you’re not dealing with Vancouver, and North Vancouver, and Burnaby and each city on its own.” 

For those keeping score, Vancouver council voted to suspend sanctioning of the sport back in 2007 until its risk assessment study was completed. After voting to sanction MMA again on the two-year trial term in the early new year, council in March approved the proposed UFC 115 event, but backtracked on approval after increases to the amount of insurance they had asked for previously were questioned by the UFC. An eleventh hour concession was made and the event was salvaged from being moved elsewhere from the UFC.

Earlier this year, a planned MMA expo in Vancouver was cancelled due to pressure put on the venue by police who feared that such an event would attract a large contingency of groups involved in organized crime.

I reported on an even more ludicrous story a couple years back about how most of the nightclubs on the infamously violence-ridden Granville strip had banned MMA-related clothing lines including TapouT and Affliction because they were allegedly the new style choice of gangbangers in the city.

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gator roll- June 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm
I have no problem with MMA clothing bans. Not because of of Violence or Gang related activity. That's just stupid. Simply because no "Jersey Shore Style" dress codes are funny as hell! And let's face it MMA clothes are the worst part of MMA. To each his own, and of course every sport has a style (basketball, tennis, golf, to name a few) but MMA is the coolest sport in the world MMA style, sadly is not.
jimbonics- June 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm
Thanks for completely deleting my account, Dickcheese.
KingZipperhed- June 10, 2010 at 9:23 am
that way i can be wide awake when my heart stops
KingZipperhed- June 10, 2010 at 9:21 am
mmmmmmmm baconator and a double double please ... genius pure fuckin genius
fatbellyfrank- June 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm
Dont you guys offer seniors discounts over there? Chucks insurance should have worked out cheap if he took the seniors rates we offer over here.
Please forgive me lord, I have sinned and ragged on the mighty Iceman, I'm still droppin $10 bucks on him for the win, and he is the Man
Get Off Me- June 9, 2010 at 5:30 pm
I just want to say that the insurance is so high because Chuck is fighting Rich, that's the price you pay for having those two guys on the card.
fatbellyfrank- June 9, 2010 at 5:06 pm
^^ possibly the most pointless comment i've ever submitted, and the correct word is swimmed, as in "the salmom swimmed upstream"
fatbellyfrank- June 9, 2010 at 5:04 pm
I love the back and forth between the canucks and the yanks every time one of these stories get posted. I dont get any of it because I'm down the bottom of the planet, but i bet if i did I'd laugh my ass off.
UFCINCALGARYALBERTACANADA- June 9, 2010 at 4:27 pm
Honestly... why the fuck does the UFC keep looking past CALGARY....
We are right here... we have the facility... the bloody Flames are not making the playoffs for the forseeable future.. book a freaking date already... next April seems fine for me.... LOL

see you in Edmonton next week WEC
DangadaDang- June 9, 2010 at 2:51 pm
I hear the winner of Liddell/Franklin gets FoGriff

Also, Frank Mir is gunna skip over the whole light heavyweight thing and go straight to welterweight because GSP is the least likely champ to knock him out cold
daniel.mtl- June 9, 2010 at 2:29 pm
@GUI-uh-TEEN keeps Wendy's (even though may be you aint got it anymore says Keyser soze) i stick with my La Belle Province!!!!!
weedrulz15- June 9, 2010 at 2:12 pm
Actually, they banned tapout and affliction T-shirts because they're the gayest T-shirts one can possibly wear.
Keyser Soze- June 9, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Yes, and American company bought Tim Horton's Donuts, but at that time Ron Joyce (CEO) of Tim Horton's became Wendy's largest shareholder, ahead of Dave Thomas.

Tim Horton's IPO into the stock market foray led shareholders to spin off TDL into a separate entity based on strength and profitibilty, raising $700m in it's first day of offering. Wendy's separated itself from Tim Horton's in '06.

As for our other national treasure... leave William Shatner alone. ;)
Joedirt- June 9, 2010 at 12:23 pm
Canada still rules.
Cerveza Fria- June 9, 2010 at 12:20 pm
Candice is hot. I follow her on Twitter. @m4quinon
just some dong- June 9, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Interesting article, but having read it, the title seems misleading.
paskhl- June 9, 2010 at 12:03 pm
That is a good one!
+1000
"You ess of aye"The world stop at their borders,Canada is a no man's land,ehhh!And Mexico...(fill the blanked...)
MoTropolis- June 9, 2010 at 11:57 am
Canada has the internet?
Stak40- June 9, 2010 at 11:53 am
Did i miss something? When did we start giving a shit about MMA in British Columbia?
jimbonics- June 9, 2010 at 11:52 am
Candice,

We've been correcting this joker on every article he's written for CP. You would think a 'journalist' that gets paid to write articles would proofread his junk prior to posting.

However, we've grown fond of our mental midget, and his shady grammar and typing practices have become one of his endearing qualities.

Did I mention he's Canadian?
El Guapo- June 9, 2010 at 11:48 am
I agree, she's a hottie. I like how she lays it down, no nonsense style. Corrects MRuss without a hint of uncertainty. Strong woman, right there.

Now be a darling and make me some pancakes.
ReX13- June 9, 2010 at 11:44 am
El Famous Burrito Says:

"Holy shit, Canadians do all know each other!"




BAWAAAAAAhahahahahahahaha
Hum Deez Nutz- June 9, 2010 at 11:44 am
Thanks for the clarification Candace, I mean Candiss, or is it Candice? Oh hell, Canada sucks!
Stak40- June 9, 2010 at 11:42 am
She sounds sexy. Now if she spelled her name Candace then she wouldnt be sexy at all.
flying gogoplata- June 9, 2010 at 11:40 am
Rookie mistakes, Mike. Rookie mistakes. ;)
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