Ontario Commission Bans Betting On UFC Fights

The Canadian province of Ontario will no longer allow betting on UFC events.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) officially announced on Thursday that they would be "requiring all registered casino, lottery, and igaming operators that offer sport and event betting products in Ontario to stop offering and accepting wagers on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events due to concerns about non-compliance with AGCO’s betting integrity requirements."

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This comes on the heels of former UFC veteran and current Glory MMA head coach, James Krause, not being allowed to corner one of his fighters back at UFC Vegas 65, due to his role in the Darrick Minner-Shayilan Nuerdanbieke fight at UFC Vegas 64 in the weeks prior. There is an ongoing investigation into suspicious betting activities surrounding the bout. It seems these incidents led to the AGCO's decision as their statement goes on to read

"In recent weeks, the AGCO has learned of publicized alleged incidents, including possible betting by UFC insiders, as well as reports of suspicious betting patterns in other jurisdictions. Therefore, the AGCO is now taking this step in the public interest. AGCO has indicated to operators that, once the necessary remedial steps have been taken, they may provide information demonstrating that UFC bets or betting products meet the Registrar’s Standards."

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