Canadian Mixed Martial Arts

Travis AtkinsonContributor IFebruary 19, 2009

While researching last night I happened upon something that got me thinking. Section 83 of Canada's criminal code states that anyone who engages in, advises, encourages, or promotes a prize fight is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction. A prize fight is defined as an encounter or fight with fists or hands between two persons who have met for that purpose. Any province that chooses to hold an event may face fines, and they apparently are willing to.

In recent months there has been much controversy surrounding MMA in Canada. The biggest one being the upcoming UFC event in Montreal. Montreal had enforced the rules, in which elbows, knees, and ground and pound would be illegal. This is weird due to the fact that UFC 83 was held last year without any incident. Marc Ratner has since been able to come to terms with Montreal and the unified rules will be in place for the event

Prior to this there was a riot at strikebox event during the James Thompson versus Steve Bosse bout. Thompson had taken Steve to the ground and proceeded to throw illegal punches. The crowd then began to throw chairs, bottles, and other objects at them. The referee declared the bout a no contest and escorted the fighters out of the ring.