Ontario bettors rejoice! The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario has lifted the ban on Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) betting, just in time for UFC 283 scheduled for this Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. This is great news for UFC fans and sports bettors alike, who can now legally place wagers on their favorite athletes.
The AGCO had previously suspended betting on UFC events due to non-compliance with betting integrity requirements. However, the UFC has since updated its policies and procedures, including amending its athlete conduct policy to prohibit insiders from placing any wagers on any match. The UFC has also established a relationship with U.S. Integrity, an independent sports integrity monitor to analyze unusual wagering activity.
Riche T. McKnight, UFC’s executive vice-president and general counsel, said the promotion’s association with U.S. Integrity “UFC will strengthen its current integrity controls by adding expertise in data intelligence and fraud prevention. “There is no greater responsibility we have to our athletes, fans, and business partners than to ensure the integrity of our sport,” McKnight added.
The reinstatement of UFC betting in Ontario is a testament to the AGCO’s commitment to protecting Ontario players and the integrity of its betting market. And with the legalization of single event betting last year, the AGCO has created strong new rules to protect bettors in Ontario.
Ontario’s sports-betting market is thriving, and with the lifting of the UFC betting ban, it’s only going to get better. So, place your bets and enjoy the thrilling world of UFC!