Combative sports demonstration splits Wetaskiwin city council

Combative sports demonstration splits Wetaskiwin city council

Coun. Neilson: MMA violence not healthy

Unified MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and the Central Alberta Combative Sports Commission is seeking permission from the Wetaskiwin city council to host a demonstration.

However, concerns some councillors harbor over the dangers of combative sports has split council’s thoughts on the matter.

A vote for administration to further investigate the matter before council decides on a course of action was passed; councillors Patricia MacQuarrie and Wayne Neilson were opposed.

“I think the whole message about more physical violence and more combative activities is not necessarily healthy for our community,” said Neilson.

Coun. Kevin Lonsdale says he is not a fan of MMA sports but recognizes others in the community may have an interest.

“I’d like to see it investigated,” said mayor Tyler Gandam, who added the committee has assured him the event will come at no extra cost to the community.

Coun. Alan Hilgartner says he would like a letter from the committee taking complete responsibility for the event.

A bylaw would also be needed to allow combative sports in the community, says MacQuarrie.