Mixed Martial Arts in Ontario

Travis AtkinsonContributor IFebruary 10, 2009

On May 3, 2006 the Ontario Mixed Martial Arts Association (OMMAA) received a letter from the ministry of government services stating why MMA was not allowed in the province.

OMMAA did what the letter stated and began to meet all the requirements set by the MHP's provincial sport recognition criteria.

It includes getting the following: technical committee, amateur rules, certification programs for coaches and officials, obtaining event and gym insurance, establishing MMA affiliates, and signing up thousands of members. OMMAA submitted its application to become recognized by the PSO in October 2007.

Ten months later, OMMAA recieved a response from the MHP denying the application due to three concerns.

One was that they were uncomfortable with OMMAA's certification program.

Two was that the NSO and Canadian Mixed Martial Arts Association only had one member, the OMMAA.

Lastly, they did not like the rules set forth. They did not want such things as: choking, ground and pound, and open fingered gloves.

The OMMAA is trying their best to get this ball rolling and it should only be a matter of time before it is legalized.