According to The Canadian Press, UFC 115 – which was rumored to be the organization’s debut in Vancouver, Canada – will not take place inside the GM Place because of insurance issues, however could be on the move to Cincinnati, Ohio.
Here is what The Canadian Press reported, courtesy of MMAWeekly.com:
“The Criminal Code offers an exemption of sorts to boxing but not mixed martial arts and that apparently is the sticking point in Vancouver, where the city wants adequate protection in terms of insurance.
In December, Vancouver city councilors voted six to three to approve a two-year trial period for MMA, opening the door for a UFC show that could generate millions for the local economy.
But under the pilot program, promoters must ensure the city can’t be held liable for damages.”
The funds required to purchase the insurance for the June 12th show seems to be the major sticking point, however it appears the event may have found another home just south of the Canadian boarder, in Ohio.
Former UFC light heavyweight champs Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz were expected to headline the card after completing “The Ultimate Fighter 11,” where they served as opposing coaches.