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Vancouver to Regulate MMA for Two-Year Trial Period; UFC Shooting for June Event

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After a 6-3 vote yesterday, the Vancouver City Council passed a resolution to regulate MMA for a two-year trial period. Though a handful of MMA events were sanctioned by the Vancouver Athletic Commission before 2007, the city council put a halt to the sport that year due to concerns over liability in the event of an injury. Since then, unregulated MMA events have popped up around the British Columbian city, some of which were funded by gang money. Now, Vancouver is giving mixed martial arts another chance. Said city council member Tim Stevenson about his "yes" vote:

"In the final analysis I do think we have to regulate this. In this society there are certain things that I might not agree with but the best way to deal with these is to regulate them. That’s what we’re doing and I think a two-year deal is the best way to do that."

Reacting to the news, UFC general counsel Lawrence Epstein told the Vancouver Sun, “We’re very pleased with the result. It’s important for this issue to be considered. Once people understand what this sport’s all about, they generally reach this conclusion.”

Following two successful events at Montreal’s Bell Centre, the UFC has long had an eye on Vancouver, and now plans to hold an event at the 19,000-seat GM Place (home of the Vancouver Canucks) in June 2010. And after that? “Ontario’s an important market for us and we’re hopeful we’ll get some momentum from what’s happening in British Columbia today,” Epstein said.

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Harry Sack- December 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm
Wow, Im crushed... I thought fuck Canada was enough to send a clearly facetious message, my bad.
Oh BTW my city - Phoenix, always ranks in the top five in kidnapings AND douchebags with barbed wire arm band tatoos - just for the record.
Harry Sack- December 20, 2009 at 3:26 pm
Wow, Im crushed... I thought fuck Canada was enough to send a clearly facetious message, my bad.
Oh BTW my city - Phoenix always ranks in the top five in kidnapings and douchebags with barbed wire arm band tatoos - just for the record.
Craigger12- December 18, 2009 at 1:27 pm
This is great for Vancouver. Of course it will sell out in no time, but I still will never go to a UFC event. Ticket prices are rediculous and there are always much cheaper ways to see the card.

I never understand why Americans feel the need to bash Canada. I love my neighbours to the south. And yes all of those "u" s are supposed to be in those words...just like colours and favourite :P
GSP for Prime Minister- December 18, 2009 at 12:37 pm
i am a vancouverite.. born and raised.. on a playground thats where i spent most of my days..

im typing this comment from work in downtown vancouver... i have a sweet view of the city from my office window that overlooks downtown, the suburbs to the east, the water, AND the freaking mountains.. thats right.. we have EVERYTHING here! and now that MMA is sanctioned, MY CITY IS COMPLETE! (ok we could use another basketball team and an nfl team would KICK ASS because im sick of driving down to seattle to watch the seahawks LOSE but i digress)..

to all you vancouver/canada haters out there, seriously.. come down to check this place out before you try to shit all over it.. its no coincidence that vancouver is usually rated in the top 5 places to live in the world year after year (Google "Mercer's 2009 Quality of Living survey").. yes i realize that these ratings are highly subjective but when was the last time you saw a US city rated in the top 5 of ANY ranking system?

im not hating on the US here.. obviously canada owes much to our neighbours to the south.. but if you try to shit on my city, im obviously going to say something about it..

BigJumpingDad- December 18, 2009 at 12:34 pm
@ macreadysshack yes. hells yes.
macreadysshack- December 18, 2009 at 12:28 pm
@BigJumpingDad I'm fucking confused but what I do know is that we obviously need to lynch that MF.
831 Son- December 18, 2009 at 12:27 pm
Who gives a shit about this dumb argument over Americans and Canadians. It always turns into an argument over who has better dank, beer, women etc.. And no one wins.

@ steampunk22- Ive traveled through europe and asia and people jock on our American nuts. Especially throughout asia. I would never wear a canadian flag just to see if there is a difference though.
ProfessorMMA- December 18, 2009 at 12:26 pm
there are some great canadian beers and some crap ones.. the thing that bugs me about drinkin brews when i visit the usa is they are only like 4.5% or something, but besides that its so cheap when im down there, a 30 pack of beers for 15 - 18 bucks is sick, a 30 pack up here is like 45 bucks. i love the us, and i was just buggin skeletor, americans are wicked people, so ya fuck terrorists.

wow that was all over the fucking place.
BigJumpingDad- December 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm
Big Jumpin Dad is from Florida and voted for Bush... this year. Also he owns a Ford and 3 Hoola-hoops and a milkshake machine and an imitation frisbee called a flying disc.
ProfessorMMA- December 18, 2009 at 12:22 pm
being a vancouverite im happy about this, although im sure tickets will be a cunt to get.

ps, skeletor eats goat ass
BigJumpingDad- December 18, 2009 at 12:16 pm
@ macreadysshack ahhhhhhh hahahahaha no.
petro- December 18, 2009 at 12:15 pm
@ Harry Sack

I do agree with you on the beer part. I don't understand why Canadians believe their beer is above and beyond the States'. I say in general the big name beers of Canada are slightly better than that of the US - but not by a whole lot. The only Canadian beer that I do thoroughly enjoy alongside my favorite European beers is Steamwhistle.
macreadysshack- December 18, 2009 at 12:14 pm
@ProfessorMMA I do not often agree with you but I strongly support your creative use of the word cunt in that post. I also agree that skeletor eats goat ass despite having some pretty good posts.
macreadysshack- December 18, 2009 at 12:11 pm
Haha, more bullshit from Harry Sack. Dude, I thought we were gonna be bros. Now I can see I was sadly mistaken. Your argument is diluted by your head injury.

Your arguments for 'fuck Canada':

1. Your best beer isnt really all that great - wow, way to state your position emphatically

2. Blah, blah, nonsense about organized crime . . . "Sounds like USA wannabe complex to me." - Damn, they have some of the same problems as we do? Fuckers are DEFINITELY copying us and copying us is fucking WRONG!

Wow, you just blew my mind, I'm going to have to rethink everything, now. Tard.

I hope you were just failing epically at sarcasm/facetiousness.
macreadysshack- December 18, 2009 at 12:03 pm
@BigJumpingDad Did you mean he is an "imp-hoser"?
Harry Sack- December 18, 2009 at 12:03 pm
Fuck Canada and its dangling northward (yes it can be done) from the nutsack of the united states (minnesota). Your best beer isnt really all that great compared to the finer brews in the US and Europe and you are well aware of it.
Although I have to say it is laughable that the whole reason the MMA concept was sanctioned in Van was because the organized crime element began to capitalize on it first and the government realized "oh shit we are losing money to be made here" - Sounds like USA wannabe complex to me.
BigJumpingDad- December 18, 2009 at 11:56 am
Yes!!! Im from Vancouver and Im from a gang and I wont have to put up with this shit ANYMORE!!
"Big Jumpin Dad" is an imposter! Tell your children!
Tai-Pan- December 18, 2009 at 11:15 am
@Everyone who thinks UFC should go to Calgary.
Holy shit when is the UFC going to realize that despite a smaller population MMA is fucking HUGE in Alberta. I've gone to a couple small shows, but if the UFC came to Calgary it would make money hand over fist. I just don't get how they haven't realized how big a market calgary is. I for one would surrender a nut, probably the left one, to go to a show in Calgary. Two hours away, FUCK YEAH.

And yes we know how awesome being Canadian is, but the old stereotype to shit jokes are still funny EH!
Neekz- December 18, 2009 at 10:30 am
"lol you guys are so ignorant perhaps thats why the entire world wants to blow up the united states."

^ Couldn't agree more with this.

Sweet, I live in Van and I was waiting for this decision. I can't wait woooo hoooo!!!

I'm going to wear my canadian hockey jersey with my beaver hat! I'll probably be chugging some maple syrup at the fights .. Shit is the bomb!

macreadysshack- December 18, 2009 at 10:11 am

I think you are probably right . . .

How the hell does an event sell out that quickly without crashing servers? That's nuts.
steampunk22- December 18, 2009 at 10:02 am

I think you and I would probably get along, real life stylez.

Oh, I just found this out as well actually, apparently the last UFC Event in Montreal sold out in 2 minutes. That is CRAZY.
macreadysshack- December 18, 2009 at 9:53 am

I spent a year and a half traveling through Europe, India and SE Asia. There's no doubt your "great equalizer" is absolutely true. The problem is, none of these provincial yahoos give a fuck what the rest of the world thinks. It's hard to disagree that most people's opinions basically completely lack good perspective or clarity, wherever they are from, but still, yeah - it indicates that we are probably total assholes much of the time. Second only to Israelis, from what I can tell. And that's pretty much our fault, too.
Dr.- December 18, 2009 at 9:43 am
America! Fuck yeah! Coming out to save the muthafuckin' day, yeah!

Can't wait to have a UFC event where I live. And yeah, UFC should go for Alberta too - given that it's already legal. Lived there for a couple of years.

It would sell out in a bloody heartbeat.
mthomas- December 18, 2009 at 9:39 am
Oh, and LOL @ the Nate Diaz/BC Bud comment
mthomas- December 18, 2009 at 9:37 am
@UFCINCALGARY: I agree. I don't know why the UFC hasn't pushed harder for an event in Calgary. Especially considering how much money and what a large audience we have here already. Plus, MMA is already regulated/legal in the province. I'm sure they could sell out the 'Dome no problem.