UFC 97 In Jeopardy Due To Possible Rule Changes



The UFC started selling tickets yesterday for its ever so popular UFC 97 Montreal show on May 18th. The show will likely sell out to UFC Fight Club members before even being offered to the general public.

Tickets went on sale today to fight club members and as of a few hours ago, they had sold 13,000 tickets for $3 million. They don’t even go on sale to the public until Saturday and they may sellout before they even officially go on sale to the public.

But hold on, the commission overseeing the event might trough a wrench in to the UFC’s plans for the event.

Dave Meltzer:

There is a lot of trouble regarding UFC 97 in Montreal scheduled for 4/18….However, due to the riot at a show in Quebec promoted by Stephane Patry where fans threw beer cans and bottles…the Alcohol, Races & Game commission is saying that UFC can come as long as they ban elbow or knee strikes. I spoke with Marc Ratner of UFC who confirmed that this issue is going on and that they are trying to work with the commission to get the unified MMA rules back in place. It’s a major sports story today in Montreal and at least on the air, they are reporting it as this may result in the show being canceled. The director of communications for the commission, M. Rejean Theriault said it would be difficult to accept the rules in time for the 4/18 show, and said that the commission did not properly due do their job in allowing knees and elbows at the show last year.


  1. J-Furm!!

    February 13, 2009 at 3:23 am

    This is insane. Banning the knee and elbow strikes? If they don't end up getting the rules straightened like how they should be, It wouldn't suprise me if the show got cancelled. And if it doesn't get cancelled nor the rules changed, whats The Spider supposed to do? His striking mainly comes from elbows and knees most of the time. Either way who can stop the Spider! HAHAHAHA!

  2. Brian

    February 13, 2009 at 4:04 am

    And people wonder why everyone thinks canada sucks. lol. if they get banned the ufc will probably cancel and never have a show there again.

  3. roy

    February 13, 2009 at 4:25 am

    On February 6 at Mel’s Studio in Montreal, Quebec, Titans Fighting held an MMA event that was originally supposed to be called “Strikebox.” The upstart promotion wanted to stage an event that featured all striking, prohibiting any grappling or striking on the ground.

    Unfortunately Strikebox struck out, as the California-based “Strikeforce” wasn’t too keen on the name similarity and forced them to become Titans Fighting.

    Secondly, the QAC would not approve of the format because it did not follow the currently sanctioned rules. The deal was have a full-fledged MMA show, or have no show at all.

    Titans Fighting continued with their show, but maintain the fighters had a ‘Gentleman’s agreement” to keep the action standing.

    Apparently everyone was told about this agreement except Thompson. Or if he was told, his corpulent ears might have prevented him from hearing it.

    In the main event against Steve Bosse, Thompson immediately went for the takedown and rattled off some textbook ground and pound. The crowd reacted violently in disapproval, showering the cage with bottles and debris. The show was halted and both fighters and Referee Yves Lavigne ran for their lives.

    In the aftermath of that disastrous event, the QAC is re-evaluating rules that govern the sport of mixed martial arts within the province and are considering changes that include a smaller cage, banning elbow and knee strikes and requiring a referee to stop a bout when a fighter gets knocked down to make sure they are okay to continue.

  4. Ryan

    February 13, 2009 at 5:34 am

    Do they realize the money they are throwing away if the UFC has to cancel the show or move it to another venue?? Damn canadians!

  5. Miko

    February 13, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I'm enraged and disgusted.

    Its a sad day for Montreal.

    As a Montrealer, I'm convinced some scumbag in the commission is looking for a bribe or a pay off.

    The excuse of the UFC being allowed to have their show last time because they didn't do their job right is BS.

    There was a promotion called TKO and it was a total knock off of the UFC.

  6. Tim

    February 13, 2009 at 8:47 am

    The UFC and Quebec will lose alot of money if this gets cancelled, i am sure the UFC will find a place to put it on elswhere but its just not right.

  7. Oswald Gobblecock

    February 13, 2009 at 9:22 am

    This commission is pathetic! That's all I got to say, UFC can host somewhere else without any trouble.

  8. Ryan S

    February 13, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    What do the elbow and knee strikes have to do with the riots? Why don't they keep things the way they are, but ban the sale of alcohol at the event? I would imagine that was the actual catalyst that started the throwing.

  9. Miko

    February 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Ryan S: the catalyst was the hockey "goon" fans who were there to see bosse who is a former goon.

  10. Kash

    February 13, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    These guys are dumb if they ban knees and elbows. MMA is pretty mainstream in Canada now and GSP is a national hero. Losing the UFC would be a really bad move.

  11. dane drebin

    February 13, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Attention!!!!! if you wanna watch a free live feed of WAR GODS right now go to sherdog.com

    I have been home all week sick so im home on a friday night but Ken shamrock is fighting som 300 pound nobody and Tank aboot is fighting someone too so it could be amusing. though some people might be interested if they ahve nothing to do. check it out its a pretty clear picture.

  12. dane drebin

    February 13, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    wow thank won by KO when he broke from a clinch and punched the guy in the back of the head lol and then he punched him on the back of the head when the dude was knocked out on the ground lol he's lucky they didnt disqualify him

    Ken shamrock won by knckin the 380 pound can on his ass and then armbarring him

    ken actually looked in pretty good shape

    ken and tank called eachother out adn tlked hella shit so looks like that fights next should be interesting. they both should have retired long ago but i like fights between old dudes it still seems fair lol.

  13. STEVEO

    February 15, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    this is a joke lets stop fuckin around in canada and keep it in the US, apparently they cant handle the brutality of regulated fighting in a ring with a referee.

  14. tom

    February 15, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    thats gay they want to take out knees and elbows and have a 10 count if get droppped like boxing and no ground and pound…Silva use his knees and elbows alot…shugun is goingto try to ground and pound of chuck now he cant wtf I am from cananda but fuck that if the rules change like they are then stay in Vagas its not far for the fighters

  15. RatAttack68

    February 16, 2009 at 2:35 am

    If Canada does like the UFC rules then take the fight some where else. Other states or countrys would love to have the tourism.

  16. RatAttack68

    April 8, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I know that fight will never happen (Machida and Anderson), but that's bullshit. Those guys are professionals and you can always be friends afterwards if its a true friendship. So you are saying since Evan and The Dean of mean train in the same camp and are friends and if only if the dean of mean gets to the top that fight should never happen because of friends?? I say fuck that there are a lot of these guys that are friends and fight and are still friends Tim Silvia and Randy are friends and they fought.

  17. RatAttack68

    April 13, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Anderson if he can keep it standing and Leites if it goes to the ground, because both henderson and Lutter had Anderson in trouble on the ground but neither could finish the job

    Chuck TKO first round

    Congo decision

    Louiseo TKO 1st

  18. dane drebin

    April 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    everyone is beatable but if thales somehow wins i think it will be nearly as big a shock as serra beating gsp. i just dont see it happening.

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