UFC 97 To Stay In Montreal



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.”

For the latest on UFC 97, check out our UFC Rumors section.


  1. Miko

    February 18, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I would love to know what Lorenzo Fertita did to get the QAC to agree to let the show go on as planned.

    Being a Montrealer I know first hand the archaic way of thinking around here is aggravating and most officials (whether it be commissioners or politicians) are often times very stubborn about change, unless It's somehow beneficial to THEM.

    My guess, some kind of a "pay off" happened.

    Either way, I'm glad my city gets to host another event and hopefully it wont be the last.

  2. Kash

    February 18, 2009 at 9:32 am

    As long as the deal got done.

  3. Tim

    February 18, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Pay off…i hardly think so as the UFC could of taken the card anywhere else…it was Montreal that was screwed and the Arena..sure the UFC would lose some money minus the marketing and payback of ticket sales but in the long run they would of made money anyways wether it was there or somplace else. Montreal will easily make 10Million that one night alone from this card..and lets just say when it gets down and dirty Money talks and again how can anyone pass of a chance to bring in 10 mil at least in just one night into your city with this economy the way it is…this was a easy call but the Canadiens almost fucked it up because of the athletic commision but i knew they couldnt resist the impact money.

  4. Miko

    February 18, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    Tim… ugh. don't use blanket statements and make it sound like the country as a whole tried to fuck up a good thing.

    It was one asshole…. ONE.

    Secondly, I'm not going to actually act like the ufc needs montreal just as much as montreal needed the UFC,

    BUT do you really think there would have been as many ticket sales at the MGM in vegas as there would have been at the bell center?

  5. tom

    February 19, 2009 at 2:21 am

    i cant wait to see Cane vs Cantwell that will be a badass fight..

    Also Sam sout vs Matt Wiman and Jason mc vs Nate quarry.. i hope they show them fights..

    I hope sam and Nate get the win

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