It’s official – at least as official as professional mixed martial arts ever gets in the city of Vancouver – UFC 131 will land in B.C. on June 11.
Rogers Arena will want to put on a decent sized buffet for the athletes, because not only are we getting the main event title shot decider of Brock Lesnar vs Junior Dos Santos, we’ll also be seeing former contender Shane Carwin taking on Norwegian Jon Olav Einemo, and Joey Beltran testing himself against Dave Herman.
Stepping lighter on the scale will be Canada’s Krzysztof Soszynski going up against aussie battler Anthony Perosh in the light heavyweight division, Demian Maia and Mark Munoz, Chris Weidman and Canada’s Jesse Bongfeldt at middleweight, Mac Danzig and Donald Cerrone at lightweight, and former lightweight contender Kenny Florian drops to featherweight to Diego Nunes.
In terms of Canadian content, there’ll be no more interesting fight than Ontario’s Sam ‘Hands of Stone’ Stout tackling Yves Edwards of the Bahamas in a lightweight stoush.
Sadly, as big and great as the UFC event will be, it will do very little for MMA in the city outside of the superstar echelon. With a new cabinet at the provincial government level, regulation of the sport is once again on the backburner. And with Vancouver city council 18 months into their two year ‘professional MMA test period’ but still refusing to allow local promoters to put on professional MMA, let alone host it in city venues, and an appointed city athletic commissioner refusing to talk to the press, the majority of the local pro MMA industry is either headed out of town, or has already left.Tags: featured, Mixed Martial Arts, MMA regulation, Vancouver council