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Is Edmonton Combative Sports Commission executive director Pat Reid criminally responsible for Tim Hague’s death?

If Pat Reid did his job Tim Hague would still be alive. Had Reid, whose sole job it is to enforce the City of Edmonton’s combat sports bylaws and policies followed his own governing statutes, Hague would not have been granted a licence to compete in the June 16 boxing bout that inevitably rendered him brain dead and deceased within two ...

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Ali Abdel Aziz investigation in Nevada could thwart WSOF’s planned Dec. NYC event

World Series of Fighting might want to pump the brakes a bit before getting too far ahead of itself planning its New Year’s eve event in New York City. The promotion is tangled up in a hornets’ nest of an investigation currently being conducted by the Nevada State Athletic Commission involving, among other things, WSOF’s mass systematic cover-up of the ...

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Video and transcription of bizarre Ali Abdel Aziz interview with Ariel Helwani

(Video courtesy of MMAFighting.com)   Ariel Helwani: Ariel Helwani in Orlando, Florida for UFC on Fox 17 alongside Ali Abdel Aziz, the manager for Rafael dos Anjos who will be defending his lightweight title this Saturday night against Donald Cerrone. Ali, it’s good to see you. You have been in the news as of late. There is a lot to ...

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Who are you? – the real story of Ali Abdel Aziz – chapter 2

I woke up in a Soho doorway A policeman knew my name He said, “You can go sleep at home tonight If you can get up and walk away” -The Who?, Who Are You?   When Ali Abdel Aziz just showed up on the mats one day in mid-2008 at Renzo Gracie’s New York academy, everyone wondered who the smiling ...

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Rat in a cage: the real story of Ali Abdel Aziz

In September 2001, just days after 9/11, a young Egyptian national is flagged trying to sneak into the United States via Colorado using a falsified passport. Ali Abdel Aziz, AKA Ali Ibrahim, AKA Ali A. Aziz, AKA Alaa Abdel Aziz, told investigators that he was an Olympic judoka who came to Colorado to train at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) ...

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An open letter to Canadian combat sports stakeholders

We have a problem. We need to stop looking the other way, pretending it doesn’t exist and actually fix it once and for all, instead of burying our heads in the sand. Over the past several years the poor decisions and incompetence of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission and its woefully inept executive director Pat Reid have turned the once respected ...

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2011 tampered gloves debacle should have earned Pat Reid a lifetime combat sports ban

If you’ve never seen Assault in the Ring, do yourself a favor and watch it and see how reputations, careers, and lives were ruined over a pair of tampered boxing gloves.   (Video courtesy of YouTube) On the undercard of the June 16, 1983 Roberto Durán-Davey Moore WBA light middleweight championship fight card at Madison Square Gardens undefeated 14-0 welterweight Billy Collins Jr. ...

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How Pat Reid was handed the keys to the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission

Pat Reid’s contentious reign as executive director of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission nearly ended before it began. It would have, had it not been for his friends in high places at city hall. Just prior to Reid’s May 2009 interview with the City of Edmonton-appointed hiring committee, one commission member stumbled upon various online stories about two Pat Reids from Ontario — ...

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Edmonton pushing for provincial regulation power for cash-strapped ECSC

It’s no wonder the City of Edmonton has protected Pat Reid so fiercely from day one no matter how much or how badly he screwed up. If he goes down, they all go down, like a house of cards. Several city staffers were a part of the scheme that was concocted to anoint Reid with absolute power. And most have ...

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Cody McKenzie hoping to turn luck around with Superior Challenge win over David Bielkheden May 16 in Sweden

Cody McKenzie has given up on his fight to overturn his three-month suspension illegally handed down by the Edmonton Combative Sport Commission and will sit out the remainder of his questionable time out before fighting again four days after the sanction is lifted. McKenzie (15-7)  is slated to face fellow former UFC fighter David Bielkheden (20-12) on the main card ...

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