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Best of 2010 – Canadian Story of the Year
By: Top MMA News Staff <!--BEGIN .entry-content-->
With no more shows scheduled for 2010, Top MMA News is going to start releasing our Best of 2010 awards. These awards have been voted by the Top MMA News’ contributers from across Canada.
The first award is the top story of the year. A lot has happened in Canada this year: Different promotions have tried expanding in Canada, other promotions have started up and others have died, commissions have had an array of mishaps, and Canadian fighters continue to do well in competition. With so much to choose from, here are the Top MMA News Top 5 Canadian Stories from 2010:
1. MMA Legalized in Ontario
MMA has been going strong across Canada, yet the largest province and city in the country did not allow MMA events. For many years, the Ontario Athletic Commission, headed by Ken Hayashi, considered the sport illegal and would not sanction events. Thankfully, the debt-ridden province recognized the financial windfall of having a UFC event and legalized Mixed Martial Arts for 2011. Unlike Vancouver, Ontario promises to allow non-UFC promoters to hold events there as well. Think the sport was booming in Canada before? Just wait until MMA shows come to Ontario in 2011 and the UFC stuffs the Roger Centre full of Canadian MMA fans next April.
All talk and no results;
4b) MFC Expansion Woes
There is no doubt that Maximum Fighting Championship is the king of all Canadian-owned MMA promotions and has the most international exposure than the rest of the organizations. However, the promotion’s long-time international plans stumbled in 2010 when they announced a date for Brandon on September 10 as well as a likely December 10th date for Georgetown in the Cayman Islands. Ultimately, the Brandon show was officially pulled due to a lack of hotel rooms for the show and the Cayman Islands official announcement never came as that deal never came to fruition. Thankfully, the promotion remains solid in its Edmonton stronghold.