In Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, the UFC is back on the betting list.
In response to Thursday’s announcement of an agreement between the promotion and the U.S. Department of Integrity to monitor UFC betting, and to support the UFC’s athlete code of conduct as it pertains to insider betting, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) gave the UFC Gambling given green light to return in province.
Cageside Press obtained a press release after contacting AGCO officials for comment.
“Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission (AGCO) announced that Ontario’s regulated sports and event betting operators may resume offering betting and gaming-related products on Ultimate Fighting Championships, effective immediately (UFC) incident,” read part of the press release.
Betting on UFC fights in the province was banned in early December after the scope of the investigation into the Nov. 5 Shayilan Neurdanbieke-Darrick Minner bout widened.
In the hours leading up to that fight, there were major line moves in Neurdanbieke’s favor, including a big bet for the Chinese player who won in one round.The special news is First reported by TSN’s Aaron BronsteterLater marked by US Integrity.
In response, both Ontario and another Canadian province, Alberta, banned UFC betting. New Jersey specifically banned betting on boxers linked to Minner’s trainer, James Krause, a well-known gambling fanatic who claimed last year to make more money from gambling than from coaching. Krause’s alleged representation of an offshore sports betting firm and his operation of a gaming-themed Discord called The 1% Club have been the focus of multiple investigations into the matter.
Alberta has previously resumed betting on the UFC, making Ontario the last major hurdle for the organization to overcome.
In resuming promotions in the province, the AGCO stated that it is “satisfied that the wagering integrity issues raised have now been resolved and therefore allows registered gaming operators to resume offering UFC– Related bets.Operators must continue to meet all applicable registrar criteria and AGCO Compliance with the standards will continue to be monitored.This AGCO Be aware of ongoing investigations in other jurisdictions and will monitor findings and actions related to these investigations. “