May 22nd is MMA DAY in Ontario

Rally the troops.   



Toronto, ON – On Saturday, May 22, 2010, the movement to bring Mixed Martial Arts to Ontario gathers for a high energy outdoor rally at Queen’s Park.  The rally will take place at Queen's Park on the front lawn of the Legislature Building.  The location is on University Avenue and College Street




The time of the event is as follows:

1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM – Press Conference on site will be in attendance covering the many festivities throughout the day.

The First Annual MMA Day, organized by Toronto-based Mixed Martial Arts Expo, will bring together the Ontario citizens, families and businesses that see great benefit in having Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) recognized as another combative sport in Ontario, as boxing has been for over eighty
years. The growing list of Ontario supporters of MMA includes:

- Suppliers and retailers of martial arts gear and apparel
- Traditional martial art schools and MMA training facilities
- Distributors of supplements, nutrition products and energy drinks
- Fitness facilities and personal trainers
- Health, wellness and sports medicine companies
- Professional and amateur fighters and coaches
- Fight promoters, agents and managers
- Facility suppliers, designers and equipment manufacturers
- Tattoo shops and artists
- Photography and videography industry
- Radio and television broadcasting
- Publishers of MMA magazines and websites
- Authors and publishers of martial arts training materials
- Martial arts and MMA associations
- Website development companies
- Ticketing agencies
- Tour Bus Operators
- Hotels, convention centres and arenas
- A/V, Staging and Lighting Industry
- Restaurant Industry
- Tourism Industry

The event will be hosted by Ontario businessman, radio announcer and mixed martial artist instructor and competitor, Jeff Joslin. Also in attendance on the dais will be representatives from the tourism and hospitality industries, local and provincial politicians and many of the brightest stars in the Ontario MMA community including:

- "Showdown Joe" Ferraro – MMA Analyst; Host of MMA Connected on Rogers Sportsnet
- Loudon Owen – Chairman of the Fight Network
- Carlos Newton – Business Owner; First-ever Canadian UFC Champion
- Mark Hominick – Business Owner; professional MMA fighter
- Sam Stout – Business Owner; UFC Lightweight Contender
- Sean Pierson – Bellator Welterweight Pro Fighter
- Shah Franco – BJJ and MMA Instructor; Pro Fighter Coach

MMA Day organizer and president of Mixed Martial Arts Expo, Gerald Chopik, states that, "MMA Day on May 22 gives Ontario families, related industry workers and MMA athletes and fans and the opportunity to raise awareness about not only how they – but the province at large - will benefit from MMA being sanctioned in Ontario."


See you all there!

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