So, the Ultimate Fighting Championship folks have come to Toronto, set up an office and now will look to get this sport legalized in Ontario.
Defined by some people as a sport that is combative, others refer to it as mixed martial arts, once Premier Dalton McGuinty and his team start feeling the pressure from those who enjoy watching individuals get violent with other people, the government just may kick in.
UFC could also bring lots of loonies (and I did mean a reference to money) to Queen's Park and there will be lots of marketing people trying to sell the critics that the sport is good for the economy.
So, why am I raising this - other than an opinion. It won't be long before someone figures this might make an interesting high school sport. Popularity is there. The sport is growing. Students are looking for ways to release aggression.
Some people might think I may be suffering the after effects of heat exhaustion in the past 24 hours, not so.
MMA is not as bad as it appears, some will say. Others are dead set against it. Some people have already told me that rules can be modified to accommodate high schools, colleges and universities.
Wait a minute. The striking and grappling we see in UFC can be severe - as if we don't have enough concerns with young people getting hurt in football and hockey (with equipment) or wrestling and rugby (without equipment). I know youngsters take judo, Tae kwondo and karate classes, but it just isn't the same as telling mom and dad that you've just joined the mixed martial arts team at your school.
At the Toronto District School Board girls' soccer championship on Tuesday, I actually heard athletes talking about how great a career it would be in MMA. I don't think they were referring to an MBA, the masters degree, but maybe.
I can remember the fuss when, several years ago, the word got out that a Toronto Catholic high school had converted a room in to a boxing ring. I was told it was a boxing club, just like any other sports club and people told me that boxing helps balance, speed, strength and endurance. I can see boxing endorsed in military schools and I believe in some U.S. schools, too, but it brings me right back to MMA.
As if we don't have enough people waiting to sue for anything.