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Is Montreal fucking with MMA?

It’s been a few weeks since the shit seemed to hit the fan once again in Montreal with two May MMA events canceled due to Quebec fight commission issues. Or at least we thought at first they were commission issues. According to an article from Sherdog, the commission is claiming that anyone can throw an MMA event in the city “under the same set of guidelines used by the UFC in April.” As for the specifics behind XMMA’s cancellation:

Theriault told Sherdog.com that XMMA promoters were made aware at a May 7 meeting with the RACJ that they hadn’t applied for a mandatory annual business permit, as well as an individual permit needed to promote the May 16 event. Theriault said XMMA postponed its event, but will meet again shortly with the RACJ to file the necessary paperwork. XMMA 9 is tentatively scheduled for July 18.

And Bellator’s:

Theriault said the commission communicated with a local boxing promotion, Groupe Yvon Michel, which had been working on Bellator’s behalf. Theriault said that GYM was never instructed that Bellator would not be able to use its circular cage, and that GYM withdrew Bellator’s application with no explanation.

It’s worth noting that trusting the “Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux” blindly might not be the best idea. I’m not trying to imply they’re a bunch of dishonest bastards, but they are the same people who initially claimed they never knew about or licensed the 2008 UFC event in Montreal. So they seem to get easily confused.

To me it still sounds like XMMA got unjustly screwed … they’ve done enough shows in Montreal to know how the paperwork goes unless the commission has just completely changed it’s paperwork requirements. Bellator on the other hand … if the info provided is true then it kinda sounds like they might have used the potential cage issue as an excuse to scrap the show. Which normally wouldn’t be a big deal but in the case of Montreal might have caused a bit more panic than was warranted.

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