Those in Toronto hoping for a live UFC event or any MMA event for that matter might be waiting awhile. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says he has more important things to worry about than legalizing mixed martial arts.
The debate over MMA is a “distraction” and allowing the sport just isn’t on his agenda right now, McGuinty said.
“If I was to knock on 1,000 Ontario family doors and ask them for their top three concerns, I’d be surprised if anybody said, ‘Well, my top three, one of those is we gotta start this new kind of mixed martial arts in Ontario — that’s going to mean a lot for me and my family and our future together,”‘ he said.
“So it’s just not a priority for our families, so it’s not a priority for me.”
There are more important issues the governing Liberals must focus on, such as harmonizing sales taxes and developing clean-water technology, McGuinty added.
“In ultimate fighting, you can tap out,” he said. “I’m tapping out on this.
I won’t argue that sanctioning MMA isn’t as important as dealing with real-world issues, but sanctioning MMA and allowing the UFC to come to town would help pay for all those real-world issues Ontario is struggling with. Dana White was scheduled to remind McGuinty and co. of that fact in person earlier today.
On a brighter note, things continue to look up in New York. According to this report, MMA is likely to be sanctioned in the state soon.