It looks as if a major wall standing in the way of the evolution of mixed martial arts’ growth in Canada is set to crumble to the ground tomorrow as FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently learned through a source extremely close to the situation that the Vancouver City Council is expected to approve a two-year trial sanctioning of the sport during a council meeting set for 9:30 am Vancouver time tomorrow morning.
With an estimated population of 2,116,581, Vancouver ranks as the third largest populated metropolitan area in all of Canada behind Toronto and Montreal. The UFC has held two shows in Montreal in the past, but have yet to host an event in either Vancouver or Toronto.
On the top of the docket currently listed for tomorrow morning’s Vancouver City Council meeting is “Mixed Martial Arts Update”. The first of six topics set to be addressed during the meeting set for 9:30 am on December 17 from the Vancouver City Hall.
A portion of the Vancouver City Council recently had the opportunity to witness first-hand that mixed martial arts is a far cry from the brutal blood sport it can be misinterpreted as during a sold out amateur rules MMA event titled “Honour Combat Championships” that took place from the Edgewater Casino on November 27. Among those in attendance were none other than Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, along with UFC middleweight Denis Kang and former UFC light heavyweight Bill Mahood.
The show was a huge success in more ways than one as several City Council members had front row vantage points for the action, and they liked what they saw. FiveOuncesofPain has confirmed through a reliable source that the council members were “blown away by the production value, how entertaining the show was, and how well behaved the fans were”. Apparently some of the council members were not previously aware that a fighter was permitted to tap out, or even that they wore gloves.
The council members in attendance spoke to the media that night and told everyone that they were totally on board for the UFC to come to Vancouver in June or July.
5 Oz. has also been able to learn that the Vancouver City Council had a private meeting to discuss the regulation of mixed martial arts just yesterday, and apparently recommended to give Vancouver a two year trial.
The official ruling is expected to come down tomorrow morning during the council meeting set for 9:30 am, and many from the local mixed martial arts community along with representatives from the UFC will be in attendance.
While nothing is set in stone as of this writing, if the reports we have recently received are accurate, you can get ready to score a big win for Canadian MMA and MMA in general tomorrow.
5 Oz. has additionally been informed that the UFC has been throwing around some big names in regards to the promotion’s first possible show in the province. Most notably a certain Canadian local by the name of Georges St. Pierre.
Stay tuned to 5 Oz. as we promise to keep you updated on this news, including the official announcement of the council’s vote on the sanctioning of MMA in Vancouver tomorrow.