UFC 97, featuring a main event Middleweight Title fight between Anderson Silva (23-4, UFC 8-0) and Thales Leites (14-1, UFC 5-1), is set to take place April 17 in Montreal, Canada. Although tickets for UFC 97 went on sale Wednesday and 12,000 are already sold, the event is now in danger of not happening due to a conflict with the rules.
Do you remember UFC 83: Serra vs. St. Pierre 2? If you do, you are doing better than the Quebec Athletic Commission. They have apparently forgot that in the UFC fighters are allowed to strike with knees and elbows because they are now saying those things are not allowed according to the rules of their athletic commission.
The Quebec Athletic Commission is being very adamant that unless the UFC changes its policies, they will not be allowed to hold UFC 97 in Montreal as planned. The UFC has just learned of the conflict and is working to find a solution.
Why not alter the rules for the good that the UFC would bring to the local Montreal economy? The Director of Communications for the commission stated basically that there was not enough time to get something like that completed by April 18 and at the same time he made it clear that their job was not economic development.
Stay tuned to PRO MMA (http://promma.info) as this story develops. Depending on the outcome, there could be some fairly large ramifications.
By: Jack Bratcher
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