UFCThe Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts organization, recognized as the largest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and is owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC. This promotion is responsible for solidifying the sport's postion in the history-books.
UFC is currently undergoing a remarkable surge in popularity, along with greater mainstream media coverage. UFC programming can now be seen on FOX, FX, and FUEL TV in the United States, as well as in 35 other countries worldwide.
The potential for an Ultimate Fighting Championship event to draw undesirable gangsters to downtown Vancouver is real, say police.
"It's a fact," said Sgt. Bill Whalen, spokesman for the combined forces special enforcement unit. "We've seen that UFC events attract some ... gang or organized crime members. It's popular with them."
Extreme fighting is equally popular with law-abiding citizens, Whalen added.
The difference, said Irwin Cohen, a criminologist at the University of the Fraser Valley, is the demographics for mixed martial arts fans overlaps considerably with young men involved in organized crime.
"You could make the argument ... in terms of a broader audience it may appeal to that classic 14- to 22-year-old male, aggressive, and some of that does fit into the organized crime or gang profile as well."
Coun. David Cadman is demanding UFC be regulated by Sport B.C. before the city considers placing the "so-called sport" on its agenda.
Once that test is met, Cadman said public safety and the costs of policing such a spectacle becomes the city's top priority.
Vancouver police Const. Lindsey Houghton said a potential UFC bout staged within city limits would be treated no different than any other marquee event.
"We have extra police officers for all these events and (promoters) pay the city regardless of what it is," he said.
maaaad people of different communities or whatever like mma, obvious.
''You probably thought this was a bright idea, who hit the light switch? Hype shift, this is where it looks like the fight's fixed, tight fist, beat you with the hand that I write with, punchlines that remind Rodney King of the night sticks...''