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Sunday, August 15, 2010

No Holds Barred: Mark Pavelich of MFC on Ontario Allowing MMA 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with Mark Pavelich, the owner and president of the Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC), about the news, announced Saturday, August 14, by the Ministry of Consumer Services of Ontario, Canada, that "Ontario is taking steps to allow professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) events in the province." The first sanctioned event in Ontario is expected to be held in 2011.

We spoke by phone Saturday afternoon, just hours after this announcement was made public, about the significance of this development for Ontario, the most populous province in Canada, and Canada as a whole. We discussed what political and legal steps must still be taken for mixed martial arts events to become sanctioned and actually take place in Ontario, and the role of the Ontario Athletic Commission and its head, Ken Hayashi, who has been a long-time opponent of mixed martial arts. The always-outspoken Mark Pavelich also explained why, when mixed martial arts is finally sanctioned in Ontario, it will be the Maximum Fighting Championship which will probably run the most events in that province. And we commented upon some of the politics within mixed martial arts, the highly questionable and controversial positions taken by regulators in Quebec and Vancouver towards mixed martial arts, and more.

We also discussed the upcoming MFC 26: Retribution card, which takes place Friday, September 10, in Westman Place at the Keystone Centre in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, and will be televised live on HDNet. On that card, MFC lightweight champ Antonio McKee, who is unbeaten in the last seven years, will face Luciano Azevedo. McKee has vowed to retire if he does not win by submission, knockout, or TKO.

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