Today the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has ordered all operators in the province to suspend taking action on fights in the Ultimate Fighting Championship due to what the regulator is calling integrity concerns within the sport.
The AGCO found that recent UFC rule changes that forbid fighters from betting on the sport are not strict enough, as managers, athletic trainers, medical staff, and coaches can still bet on the outcome of matches. This presents a conflict of interest according to the AGCO, which says it has "learned of publicised alleged incidents, including possible betting by UFC insiders, as well as reports of suspicious betting patterns in other jurisdictions."
The suspicious activity could be related to the UFC Featherweight bout between Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke, as there was suspicious wagering on the event being placed. The fight is currently being investigated by an integrity body to identify if the suspicious betting is legitimate or the result of something nefarous.
The AGCO has indicated that once the UFC has taken steps to allow the sport's betting rules to fall into line with provincial regulations, bets will once again be accepted on the events.