Sorry Vancouver UFC fans, but it doesn’t look like the UFC is coming to your city for UFC 115 after all.
While UFC 115 was certainly planned to take place at the GM Place in Vancouver, numerous unresolved issues with the city council have left many wondering whether the show would go off as planned. Things appeared to be heading in the right direction last week when the Vancouver Athletic Commission granted the UFC conditional approval to stage the first UFC event in BC on June 12, but that was contingent upon the UFC working out insurance and indemnity issues with the city. Apparently, they weren’t able to.
A source told The Canadian Press that the show has been called off and the mixed martial arts promoter is looking at Cincinnati as a possible replacement city.
UFC president Dana White said he could not comment on any issues affecting Vancouver. But a second source said the two sides had yet to resolve insurance and other indemnification matters.
Bummer for fans planning on attending the event in Vancouver. One man’s loss is another man’s gain though, and all signs point to Cincinnati being the beneficiary.
In other regulatory news, Marc Ratner is predicting the UFC will hold it’s first event in the state of New York in the first quarter of 2010.
Update: Marc Ratner says yesterday’s Canadian Press report cited above was exaggerated. There’s still a small chance UFC 115 will stay in Vancouver, but time is quickly running out.
Amid reports the UFC’s first trip to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, has been moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, due to legal issues with the Vancouver City Council, Ratner told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the promotion will make a final decision regarding the June 12 event within 24 hours.
“We’re certainly working hand in hand with the mayor’s office and the city council, and hopefully we have what they want,” Ratner said. “The fight is still going forward as we speak.”
However, UFC president Dana White today told Rogers Sportsnet that the promotion can’t wait any longer to announce the event and is in the process of moving it to the U.S.
The UFC needs 60 to 70 days to mount an event in a new city, according to Ratner, which means the UFC still has time left before it’s too late. But it’s getting down to the wire.
Update: It looks like UFC 115 is going to stay in Vancouver after all.
The on-again, off-again UFC show in Vancouver is a go.
UFC president Dana White confirmed to The Canadian Press that the mixed martial arts card will take place as scheduled June 12 at GM Place.
With insurance a major sticking point, the UFC played hardball and the MMA juggernaut appears to have won the day.
There was talk Monday of moving the show to Cincinnati. That was followed by the UFC giving city officials 24 hours to sort out the issue or else, according to a source.