Combative Sports Commission

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Combative SportsCombative SportsThe Combative Sports Commission's mandate is to act in a regulatory capacity for Committee and Council with respect to regulating, governing, and controlling combative sports within Medicine Hat.

Bylaws
Bylaw No. 4048 and the Rules and Regulations were approved by Council May 16, 2011 to re-establish the Medicine Hat Combative Sports Commission (Commission) to regulate and control combative sports within Medicine Hat. Bylaw No. 4380 amendments were added to allow the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to approve changes to the rules and regulations. 

Bylaw No. 4048 grants the Commission the authority to regulate both professional and amateur combative sports (i.e. boxing and mixed martial arts), but the rules and regulations exempt well- established amateur governing bodies (i.e. Alberta Amateur Boxing Association), and provides the Commission the flexibility to exempt other governing bodies if required.

The Commission continually reviews their Bylaw and Rules and Regulations and makes amendments to modernize and update their operating procedures.

Responsibilities of the Commission 
The Commission is responsible for the safety of contestants and the audience by ensuring that:

  • Competitors meet the medical requirements of the sport
  • Approve promoters host events with trained official (referees, judges, timekeepers, and other officials)
  • Insurance requirements are met, conflicts of interest do not occur, and facility standards are ensured
  • Mandatory medical suspensions for injured competitors are enforced
  • Event rules for the competition are approved
  • Promoters act professionally
  • Competitors are matched fairly, according to weight and experience levels
  • The Promoter provides a safe environment for Combatants and Spectators

The Commission has established its own financial account to track revenues and expenses, and has established a Board of five members. The Executive Director of the Commission is a City employee appointed by the CAO, as per the Bylaw, and performs administrative duties for the Commission.

Members

  • Randy Taves, Executive Director
  • J.P. Gallimore, Chair
  • Brian Christmann, Commissioner
  • Albert Nieman, Commissioner
  • Daniel Vas, Commissioner
  • Todd Pember, Commissioner

Promoter Documents

Major Events

Since 2011, the Commission has regulated the following major events

No. Date Promoter Discipline
1 May 27, 2011 Hard Knocks Fighting Championships Mixed Martial Arts
2 Aug 20, 2011 Snap Fitness - Medicine Hat Mixed Martial Arts
3 September 30, 2011 I&C Kickboxing/Fitness Boxing
4 November 10, 2011 Hard Knocks Fighting Championships Mixed Martial Arts
5 February 24, 2012 Hard Knocks Fighting Championships
Mixed Martial Arts
6 June 15, 2012 Hard Knocks Fighting Championships
Mixed Martial Arts
7 September 21, 2012 Hard Knocks Fighting Championships
Mixed Martial Arts
8 November 2, 2012 Hard Knocks Fighting Championships
Mixed Martial Arts
9 Sept 27, 2013 King of the Cage Mixed Martial Arts
10 April 9, 2016 Tom Fiddler MMA - Canalta Centre Mixed Martial Arts
11 October 28, 2016 Tom Fiddler MMA - Canalta Centre Mixed Martial Arts
12 June 10, 2017 Tom Fiddler Fight Night 3 - Canalta Centre Mixed Martial Arts
13 September 7, 2017 Tom Fiddler Fight Night 4 - Canalta Centre Mixed Martial Arts

 The Commission has grown in knowledge and experience since it was re-established in 2011. With the assistance of the Calgary and Lethbridge Commissions, conducting member and volunteer training, this volunteer board has quickly established itself as a reputable Commission in Western Canada.

For more information contact Randy Taves, Executive Director at 403.529.8347.