A Broken MMA Scene

Canada was once touted as the “Mecca of MMA,” but the GTA has become a bust when it comes to producing mixed martial arts fighters.

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You could hear the sound from the hype train long before it pulled into the station. Before legalization occurred in August 2010, Canada was considered the “Mecca” of mixed martial arts (MMA), with Toronto touted as “one of the MMA cities in the world”—and for a few glorious years, it truly was.

Toronto hosted some of the most dynamic, exciting fight cards globally, like the April 30, 2011 record-breaking Toronto debut of the Ultimate Fighting Championshi...