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CANADA ALLOW MMA FIGHTS

With Ontario removing its ban on allowing mixed martial arts fighting in the province, local promoters are already lining up potential cards for 2011

Scott Birkhof isn't sitting back and waiting for someone else to bring a mixed martial arts (MMA) card to Peterborough.

Just hours after the news broke that the provincial government is taking steps to regulate MMA fights in Ontario, Birkhof was on the phone Saturday (Aug. 14) making plans to bring MMA to the city.

COUNTDOWN TO THE WORLD COMBAT GAMES

The inaugural World Combat Games are counting down the final ten days until the launch of the first worldwide martial arts event August 28 to September 4 in Beijing, China.

The brainchild of SportAccord president Hein Verbruggen the event is set to maximize visibility and to further promote sports.Verbruggen is looking to develop multi-sports events for SportAccord as the umbrella organization of 87 International Sport Federations and 17 Associated Members.