Sunday, February 21, 2010

THE UFC IS NEVER COMING TO ONTARIO

Well, the big controversial sporting news out of Ontario is that the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been rebuffed yet again. Premier Dalton McGuinty, obviously out of touch with the common man, says that sanctioning and legalizing UFC matches in Ontario is not a priority for his government.

And the loud noise you hear is a huge groan coming from disgusted fight fans in Ontario, who are just dying to see their beloved UFC come to Ontario and hold fights there.

The sport is already highly popular and sells tons of pay-per-view viewings on TV in the province already. The sport is already pretty much mainstream everywhere else. So why is it still being kept out of Ontario? Apparently because there is a Criminal Code provision forbidding prize-fighting that is causing the trouble. But the way around it is for provinces to sanction and license fights. That's why boxing is legal in Canada. That's why the UFC is legal in Quebec, because they passed legislation to allow it in! Vancouver is even allowing it in this year.

In fact, the UFC has become far more popular than boxing, so much so that if they hold UFC fights in a place like Toronto it would sell out, no problem! So why is McGuinty waffling over the UFC?! Don't they know that UFC fights could bring in a lot of money and tourism dollars, and that they could collect taxes and help pay down the debt?!

For the record, Conservative opposition leader Tim Hudak supports bringing in the UFC and supports getting on with sanctioning and regulating the fights. Good move.

Anyway, a petition drive is on to open up Ontario to the UFC. Not that McGuinty will read it, but at least they are trying to do something about it.

You know, I've been gone from Ontario now for a while now and it's occured to me that I really understand that place less and less. The place really does seem backward on some issues sometimes. I know the UFC isn't everyone's cup of tea and it can be pretty violent stuff, but if people don't like it they can stay away! Yet it seems to me like a bunch of people who don't like the sport want to dictate to people what they consider to be acceptable entertainment.

It's obvious the folks in charge in that province don't seem interested in catering to the fans. I get the impression Dalton McGuinty just doesn't care about sports or the fight fans, and neither does his government. They really do seem to be the No Fun Brigade.

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