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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

City Shies Away From Mixed Martial Arts Events

The journey to legalize Mixed Martial Arts events in Saint John has not gotten out of the first round.

Ground "N" Pound Entertainment wanted Common Council to add a by-law to the criminal code which would allow M-M-A events in the city but councillors voted not to hear the presentation based on advice they got from the city solicitor.

The group has been referred to the province as the city claims it has no jurisdiction to change part of the criminal code. City Solicitor John Nugent claims it's a matter for the province or the federal government.

Co-owner of Ground N Pound Entertainment Chris Archer tells CHSJ News it's a small setback and he will gladly make his case to the province.

He says Moncton and Shediac were able to enact the by-law locally and are enjoying thousands in economic spin-offs and predicts MMA events could bring up to half a million dollars in revenue to the city.