Will UFC get another knock-out blow in Canada as they prepare to walk from Vancouver?
Vancouver's reputation among extreme sport fans stands to get a black eye, and the city could lose millions in revenue according to a report filed this afternoon by Canadian Press:
It looks like the UFC won't be going to Vancouver in June after all. A source says the show has been called off and the mixed martial arts promoter is looking at Cincinnati as a possible replacement city. The Vancouver card was slated for June 15 at GM Place and the UFC lobbied hard to get the city to open its doors to the sport.
But it appears the deal fell through because the UFC and the city could not reach an agreement on other details around the show. The UFC has already held two shows in Montreal and is pressing to have Ontario sanction the sport.
Earlier news reports revealed that the MMA Expo at the city-run PNE had been cancelled over concerns about liability. Vancouver city councillor Kerry Jang, according to the Vancouver Sun, claims negotiations with the UFC are on track for their June 12th event at GM Place. More as this story unfolds...