First Ontario, and now Canada. Bill S-209 Passes

MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) is now legal Canada wide Thanks to the Canadian House of Commons passing MMA bill S-209. Now it’s up to the Cities and provinces to sanction and regulate MMA but can now do so without any legal concern.

Bill S-209, also known as the “MMA bill” removes the criminal code prohibition on mixed martial arts in Canada has passed the third and final reading in the House of Commons after receiving royal assent.

The bill amends section 83(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada that regulates prizefighting, which has not been updated since 1934 and has been long overdue. Specifically, it clarifies the propriety of promoting MMA events in Canada.

It was this narrow interpretation of section 83(2) that was used by the Ontario provincial government to determine that MMA was illegal in Ontario, until it was relaxed in 2011 and it was only after extensive lobbying by the UFC President Dana White, and mounting pressure from groups like UFCOntario.com, as well as the greatest sports fans in the world, UFC & MMA Fans. Bill S-209 minimizes the possibility of such narrow interpretations being used in the future.

MMA Fans from all across Canada can rejoice knowing that their beloved sport will no longer be able to become subject to future bans due to a mere interpretation.

UFC Director of Canadian Operations, Tom Wright said that “This is a major development for the sport of mixed martial arts as we now have a consistent legislative framework for Canada and its provinces. The UFC thanks Senator Bob Runciman for spearheading this initiative and MP Massimo Pacetti for piloting this through the House of Commons. We’re also appreciative of MP Ryan Leef’s support throughout this entire process.”

Now Winnipeg will be next up with June 15TH with UFC 161 MTS Centre – Evans vs Henderson, then Toronto later this year will host its fourth UFC show UFC 165 September 21ST TBA. Montreal is the only city to host more UFC events then Toronto, standing at 6.

MMA is currently only sanctioned provincially in Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and British Columbia. The UFC stated in its release that its goal was to have the sport regulated in all 10 provinces and 3 territories.

UFC tweets

Tom Wright @WrightUFC
It’s official. Professional MMA is now legal in Canada. A great day for our sport
3:33 PM – 5 Jun 2013

Tom Wright @WrightUFC
@myerscurtis yes. The province or cities still needs to sanction and regulate – but now they can so without any legal concern.
4:53 PM – 5 Jun 2013

UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida

Comming to Toronto UFC 140, December 10, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre. The main event is Jon Jones vs Lyoto Machida, though it was not the origional choice. Two other matches were nixed due to injuries. One match was to have  Lyoto Machida and Phil Davis face each other, and another bout between Jon Jones and Rashad Evans was also briefly linked to this event. However, a lingering thumb injury will cost Evans a potential title bout with Jones for the second time, as Jones is now expected to face Lyoto Machida at the event.

UFC 140 Fight Card

Main card

  • Light Heavyweight Championship bout: United States Jon Jones (c) vs. Brazil Lyoto Machida[
  • Heavyweight bout: United States Frank Mir vs. Brazil Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
  • Light Heavyweight bout: United States Tito Ortiz vs. Brazil Antônio Rogério Nogueira
  • Welterweight bout: Canada Rory MacDonald vs. United States Brian Ebersole
  • Featherweight bout: Canada Mark Hominick vs. South Korea Chan Sung Jung

Preliminary Card

  • Light Heavyweight bout: Poland Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Croatia Igor Pokrajac
  • Lightweight bout: Canada John Makdessi vs. United States Dennis Hallman
  • Welterweight bout: Canada Claude Patrick vs. United States Rich Attonito
  • Lightweight bout: Canada Mark Bocek vs. United States Nik Lentz
  • Lightweight bout: Canada Mitch Clarke vs. United States John Cholish

Announced Bouts – The following fights have been confirmed by UFC.com, but not yet added to the Official Fight Card.

  • Bantamweight bout: Canada Yves Jabouin vs. United States Walel Watson
  • Middleweight bout: United States Jared Hamman vs. Cyprus Constantinos Philippou

Jonathan
UFC Ontario

UFC 139 – Shogun vs. Henderson

UFC 139 – Shogun vs. Henderson November 19 2011 – HP Pavillion San Jose California

Official Fight Card

MAIN CARD

  • Light Heavyweight bout: Brazil Maurício Rua vs. United States Dan Henderson
  • Middleweight bout: Brazil Wanderlei Silva vs. United States Cung Le
  • Bantamweight bout: United States Urijah Faber vs. United States Brian Bowles
  • Welterweight bout: Denmark Martin Kampmann vs. United States Rick Story
  • Light Heavyweight bout: United States Stephan Bonnar vs. United States Kyle Kingsbury

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Light Heavyweight bout: United States Ryan Bader vs. United States Jason Brilz
  • Middleweight bout: United States Tom Lawlor vs. United States Chris Weidman
  • Lightweight bout: Brazil Gleison Tibau vs. Brazil Rafael dos Anjos
  • Bantamweight bout: United States Miguel Torres vs. United States Nick Pace
  • Welterweight bout: United States Matt Brown vs. United States Seth Baczynski
  • Lightweight bout: United States Shamar Bailey vs. United States Danny Castillo

Announced Bouts – The following fights have been confirmed by UFC, but have not yet been added to the Official Fight Card

  • Bantamweight bout: United States Michael McDonald vs. TBA