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One and done: North Vancouver bids MMA sanctioning 'adieu'


Well, it was fun while it lasted.

Councillors in the city of North Vancouver voted to disband the North Vancouver Athletic Commission on Monday after former chairman Mirko Mladenovic was impeached and replaced by city bureaucrat Dave Rudberg.

That, coupled with the high insurance costs and general disdain for cage fighting, and it's a miracle that UFC 115: "Liddell vs. Franklin" was able to pull off their pay-per-view event back on June 12 at the GM Place.

North Shore Outlook brings us the unfortunate news.

The UFC recently opened a corporate office in Canada with the intention of spreading the gospel to unregulated areas like Toronto. And while fan support is at an all-time high, especially with Canadian stars like Georges St. Pierre going mainstream, politicians are not impressed.

At least not impressed enough to allocate money for MMA sanctioning when they feel it could be better spent in areas that have demonstrated a greater urgency for funding.

And some just plumb can't stand it, like Councillor Pam Bookham:

"I’ve watched enough of it (Ultimate Fighting Championship) channel surfing to know that I find it repugnant ... barbaric."

Sorry Canucks, scratch North Vancouver off your list of possible UFC destinations for the foreseeable future.

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