Hey kids, I wrote up an article for the Vancouver Sun on WEC 49. I'm cool like that. Anyway, some interesting bits. First let's talk about who will be officiating at WEC 49.
All but one of the officials on tap to referee the 11 card event are Canadian with Red Deer's John Braak, Edmonton's Vern Gorman, Winnipeg's Jerin Valel and Montreal's Yves Lavigne set to be the third man in the octagon along with American Josh Rosenthal. Canadians will hold more than half of the judging duties with David Bilcerkowec, Cameron Quwek, Usman Ali and Mark Edel scoring rounds alongside American judges Cecil Peoples, Doc Hamilton and Glen Trowbridge.
There's other stuff like how Edmonton is cooler than Vancouver.
It is uncommon for professional MMA promotions to deal directly with municipalities, as athletic commissions are typically operated by the state or province, but Alberta leaves the handling of combat sporting events to the municipalities and their commissions. The last time WEC and UFC parent company Zuffa LC worked with a municipality, it was in Vancouver, a city with a council that voted to sanction professional MMA for a two year trial.in December of 2009. In March, the Vancouver Athletic Commission sanctioned the city's first professional MMA event in more than three years, but the length of time it took to sort out details such as liability and insurance put the event in jeopardy of being canceled. Fortunately for Harris, The WEC has had no such issues with Edmonton.
"Our experience has been great. We haven't had any of the issues... and I guess its just because we're dealing with a different municipality who's been doing MMA shows for a long, long time. We met with Pat Reid who's the head of the commission up there about a month ago and went through our process and he went through his process with us, and we haven't had any problems at all. In fact it's been extremely smooth."
Edmonton Combat Sports Commission Executive Director Reid agreed, stating simply "Zuffa folks are a breeze to work with."
And Horodecki idolizes GSP, awww.
"I've been looking up to St. Pierre for a long time." Horodecki tells the Sun. "I started in the same organization (Montreal promotion TKO) where he started and where he was a champion. The athletic fighter that he is.. you always look up to this kind of guy.. the confidence he has... seeing the success that he had. That's drive, you know, that's drive."
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