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Peace On Earth- UFC


By Fred Wallace


It is the Christmas season, a time for " Peace on Earth & Goodwill Toward Men. "

So I want to talk about the UFC.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty said last week, he's got an open mind towards allowing the popular-yet-violent Ultimate Fighting Championship to stage fights in the province.

The Ontario potential comes after city council in Vancouver voted to legalize mixed martial arts competitions in that province.

So maybe not today, or tomorrow, but some day, maybe, the UFC will be in Ontario.

However, as a regular fan of the UFC, it strikes me that the sport has bigger problems than where their events can be sanctioned.

The problem, as I see it, is the Champions of the day look unbeatable.

Part of the appeal of the sport was that any given day could produce a new champion in their five divisions, and hardly anyone held their title very long.

Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is dealing with sickness, but it's hard to imagine anyone being able to handle the athletic Lesnar when he's healthy.

The Light Heavyweight Division has always had the most flux, but " The Dragon " Lyoto Machida looks to be firmly in control with many of the marquee light heavies fading from contention.

In the Middleweight Division, Anderson Silva, to most, is the single best pound for pound fighter in mixed martial arts.

If not Silva, then Canadian Georges St. Pierre, the Welterweight Champion, is likely the best at the various disciplines.

And in the Lightweight Division, the gifted B.J. Penn is the champion and in recent history, he's totally dispatched all of the contenders.

So with Lesnar, Machida, Silva, St. Pierre & Penn ruling their divisions so clearly, maintaining interest in the UFC might be more of a problem than getting cards staged in Ontario.

I'm Fred Wallace

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