An event featuring amateur MMA was staged this past Friday (Nov. 27th) at Vancouver's Edgewater Casino. This was one of the first times MMA fights had been contested in the city in the nearly two-years since a ban on the sport went into effect. The ban affects the entire lower mainland.
The event was promoted by Honour Combat Championships and was seen by many as a trial run ahead of Vancouver City Council's rumoured December vote on lifting the ban. City councilors, Heather Deal, Kerry Jang and Suzanne Anton attended the event and all three were fairly supportive. This event is a hopeful sign for the future of MMA in B.C., now let's keep our fingers crossed for more progress.
In the night's main event, Cloverdale native Johnathon "The Aggressor" Agnew met Tak "Tsunami" Sasaki (below). For more on this story and several quotes from "The Aggressor," see the following article from The Georgia Straight's Stephan Hui: Mixed Martial Art Crowd Isn't "hooligans," fighter says after Vancouver event"