According to Corus Sports radio show, the Quebec Athletic Commission (QAC) has decided to let UFC 97 “Silva vs. Leties” go on as scheduled on April 18, from Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec Canada.
UFC officials flew to Quebec to try to convince the QAC to let the show go on. If the talks were unsuccessful, the UFC had a back up plan of moving the whole event to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The QAC was trying to stick by the current rules that forbid elbow’s, knee’s, judo throws, and slams as well as limiting the cage size. They also call for a downed fighter to be allowed to get up and recover, like a standing 8-count in boxing. Basically banning the sport of MMA in Quebec.
The economic impact of moving the event out of Montreal would have cost the local economy a reported 12 Million dollars.
No details of the deal have been released. It is currently unclear if this is a one time exception to the rules or a permanent loosening of the regulations rules in general.
Dana White last week on a Montreal radio show:
“I don’t think it’s something that we can’t work out … and get this thing fixed so that we can continuously come to Montreal to hold events … I can’t see [UFC 97] not coming there.”
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