7event By Shaun Al-Shatti @shaunalshatti on Oct 2 2013, 6:06p 4 WSOF Less than a year into its existence, World Series of Fighting is taking the next step towards global expansion. The promotion announced its acquisition of Canada’s Aggression Fighting Championship on Wednesday. AFC, which has staged 29 events since its inception in 2009 and been home to several current UFC fighters including Jesse Ronson and Sarah Kaufman , is expected to re-launch as World Series of Fighting Canada on December 7, 2013 with a show at Vancouver’s PNE Agrodome . Light heavyweight bruisers Anthony Johnson (15-4) and Mike Kyle (20-10-1, 2 NC) have been tapped to headline the event, which will also feature a rescheduled middleweight tourney bout between Elvis Mutapcic (13-2) and Jesse Taylor (26-9). “The launch of World Series of Fighting Canada is an incredibly exciting announcement for our promotion,” WSOF President Ray Sefo said in a statement. “From the beginning, we have maintained our desire to bring our elite-level mixed martial arts action to Canada and the great MMA fans that live there, as well as markets around the globe. We embrace this new division of our company that will allow us to make great strides into Canada, which has long proven to have one of the most passionate and knowledgeable MMA fan bases in the world.” As with prior events, WSOF 7 will air live on NBC Sports Network. In addition to the two announced bouts, promotion officials vowed to line WSOF 7’s card with “some of Canada’s brightest prospects.” “This is an incredible opportunity for us to showcase our Canadian fighters on a massive platform with NBC Sports Network as well as other network partners,” said WSOF Canada COO Darren Owen. “Our fans will be getting the chance to see world-class MMA fights, and they will be able to enjoy exciting events across our great country. We couldn’t be more excited for both our fighters and fight fans across Canada. We are thrilled to become part something as big as the World Series of Fighting Canada.” Latest From MMA Warehouse
Canada’s Medical Marijuana System Overhaul Starts Tuesday
Im not really crazy about it. Tom Mulcair The Opposition leader’s office told HuffPost this summer that Mulcair has smoked in the past but not since he was elected to office. Mulcair was elected to the National Assembly of Quebec in 1994. Jim Flaherty Said the Tory finance minister: “Yeah, in my teenage years… a couple of times, I have to admit: I didnt like it.” Marc Garneau The Liberal MP and Canada’s first astronaut said he tried marijuana as a student in the 1970s in England. “It’s not my thing. I stopped because it wasn’t doing anything for me.” Kathleen Wynne The premier of Ontario said she smoked pot decades ago. “I have smoked marijuana but not for the last 35 years.” Darrell Dexter Said the premier of Nova Scotia: “Like every other person I knew back in the ’70s when I went to university, some of whom are actually in this room, I would have tried it, the same as other people at that time.” Christy Clark Said the premier of British Columbia: “I graduated from Burnaby South Senior Secondary in 1983 and there was a lot of that going on when I was in high school and I didn’t avoid it all together.” Tim Hudak The leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario admitted he’s puffed in the past. “I was a normal kid, I had a normal upbringing, a normal life in university. I experimented from time to time with marijuana. Its a long time ago in the past and in the grand scheme of things.” Paul Martin The former prime minister of Canada told CTV News: “The answer is: I never smoked. I never smoked anything, but there was an earlier time, years ago, when (my wife) made some brownies and they did have a strange taste.” Kim Campbell The former prime minister admitted while running for the leadership of the Progressive Conservatives that she tried weed. “And I inhaled the smoke.” Jack Layton Said the former NDP leader: “Yes, and some might say I never exhaled.” Dalton McGuinty The former premier of Ontario said he experimented in his teens, but only twice. Brad Wall The premier of Saskatchewan said he was an “infrequent” user back in university. “It didn’t really do anything for me, luckily, because for some, it does lead to other things.” UP NEXT: Celebs Smoking Pot Snoop Dogg The rapper’s 18-year-old son, Corde Calvin Broadus, caused a stir when he shared this photo of him smoking with his famous weed-loving dad.
BlackRock Canada Announces Certain Changes to XHY
government shutdown hit the energy and financial sectors, but boosted the bullion price and gold-mining stocks. A day after The Democratic-led U.S. Senate voted to kill Republicans’ latest attempts to modify an emergency government funding bill, hopes the debt crisis would be resolved soon began to dwindle. The uncertainty spurred a jump in gold, which is seen as a safe-haven asset, as investors placed bets on the commodity. Gold stocks gained as a result. “The market continues to say: ‘This is a temporary blip, don’t get too distracted by it, but drive on, ‘” said Robert McWhirter, president and portfolio manager at Selective Asset Management Inc. Investors will start to panic only if the shutdown extends beyond a few weeks, he added. The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index closed down 8.44 points, or 0.07 percent, at 12,839. Five of the 10 main sectors on the index were in the red. The financial group fell 0.4 percent. Royal Bank of Canada , the country’s biggest lender, dropped 0.5 percent to C$66.35. Toronto Dominion Bank gave back 0.3 percent to C$92.04. Energy shares shed 0.8 percent, with Canadian Natural Resources Ltd falling 1.8 percent to C$32.23 and having the biggest negative influence on the market.
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