Tag Archives: David Aitken

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 and pretending it doesn’t exist. Over the past several years the poor decisions and incompetence of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission and its woefully inept executive director Pat ...

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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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Audio: hear ECSC executive director Pat Reid admit to bylaw breach in Cody McKenzie case

I received an official response this weekend from the City of Edmonton regarding my story on the Edmonton Combative Sport Commission’s improprieties I uncovered while working on a news piece on how Cody McKenzie’s WSOF 18 suspension was decided upon by the ECSC. Before I respond to each faulty explanation in the letter, I think it’s important that I share some ...

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