UFC 115 in Vancouver in more trouble; less and less likely to go ahead

The UFC’s 4th trip to Canada and first ever event to be held in Vancouver, Canada, June 12th, appears to losing spead and is less and less likely to go ahead.

According to Paul Lazenby who is actively involved in regulating Mixed Martial Arts in the city of Vancouver, BC, appeared this week on the Hardcore Sports Radio show, revealing time is running out by the day to resolve the issue of legalising the sport, making it less and less likely to go ahead.

Numerous “Big Names” have been mentioned for UFC 115 in Vancouver, including: Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, Wanderlei Silva, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Randy Couture, Rich Franklin, Mirko Cro Cop, Pat Barry, Gilbert Yvel, Ben Rothwell, Tyson Griffin, Martin Kampmann and Paulo Thiago.

Here’s some specifics on the Problem:

When British Columbia MMA promoter Paul Lazenby attended the MArch 2nd meeting of the Vancouver Athletic Commission in order to obtain a promoter’s license for a small MMA show he is organizing, Lazenby uncovered some troubling news about the UFC’s planned event at GM Place on June 12th (UFC 115).

Lazenby, speaking via his blog, said:

“In spite of Vancouver City Council’s approval of a two-year trial period for MMA, I found out that there are still no regulations in place to promote the sport professionally within the city. The problem lies in the fact that the city is still expressing grave concerns about legal and financial liability, while movement toward a resolution of those concerns appears to have been extremely sluggish.

At one point, newly-elected VAC chair Mirko Mladenovic (a supporter of properly-sanctioned MMA) asked Mr. Hammel when the legal issues might be resolved, to which Mr. Hammel replied, “About two months” in a manner that indicated to me that it may be even longer. Paradoxically, Mr. Hammel also said that an MMA event could technically be held at Vancouver’s PNE Fairgrounds, which have previously hosted major events by bodogFIGHT and Elite Fighting Championships, but added that such an event would be subject to the approval of the PNE board.

That’s an apparent dead-end, since that board has already issued flat refusals to Edmontion’s Maximum Fighting Championships and eastern Canada’s Elite-1, stating that they have no desire to host any MMA event on their premises. Hearing all that I damn near stopped breathing, since it would mean that unless something changes, and quickly, then our UFC event is already dead in the water.”

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