Effective immediately all betting on UFC events in Ontario, Canada is to be halted.
The UFC sports betting world has been very confusing as of late and has now just gotten even more questionable. According to a formal announcement by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of the providence of Ontario, Canada, betting on UFC events is now banned. This ruling is just the latest in a trend of strange UFC betting stories that seemed to have stemmed from a featherweight fight that took place in early November.
There has been concern lately that people with “insider” knowledge of fights have been manipulating betting, thus threatening the “Registrar’s Standards.”
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The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario puts a ban on UFC bets
Betting on UFC fights has become very popular in the last few years. Stars such as Drake have been dropping huge amounts on the biggest fights. However, now in Canada’s largest sports market, that will all stop.
“All registered casino, lottery, and gaming operators that offer sport and event betting products in Ontario [are] to stop offering and accepting wagers on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events due to concerns about non-compliance with AGCO’s betting integrity requirements,” the commission announced, according to MMA Fighting.
The betting world was brought into question following the Nov. 5 bout between Darrick Minner vs. Shayilan Nuerdanbieke. Just before the fight, the books swung hugely in Nuerdanbieke’s favor. He wound up winning and after, it was revealed that Minner had an injury coming into the bout. The bout is under investigation. Since then, the UFC has put its own ban on fighters making bets on the sport. In turn, Minner’s coach James Krause has been hit hard by this. New Jersey will no longer take bets on fights that Krause is involved in and his betting social media has been shut down.
It is not confirmed that these incidences are related to the ban in Canada but surely doesn’t help the cause.