There’s some confusion in the Mixed Martial Arts community about the impact of changes to the criminal code surrounding amateur fights.
Local promoter, Xcessive Force Fighting Championship has called off upcoming amateur bouts in response to new federal legislation deeming amateur MMA illegal unless governed under a provincial body.
Darren Cliffe with Xcessive Force says he’s been getting calls from people thinking their entire July 20th event has been cancelled.
That is NOT the case.
He says the East vs West event will go ahead, but with pro fights ONLY.
Cliffe says he was somewhat prepared for the changes.
“I kinda knew this was coming, so I booked my card very heavy on the pro side anyway, knowing there was a possibility that the amateur fights would be cancelled, which they were. And so I was able to continue on with my show, basically a full show. I think we have like 13 pro fights.”
The local Combative Sports Commission is working with the province to try to determine how they can allow amateur fights, without breaking the law.
Cliffe says he’ll continue to book events with mainly pro bouts until the situation is clarified.