UFC, Quebec Commission Agree to UFC 97 Rules


Montreal will get its “Redemption.”

UFC 97 will take place as scheduled at the Bell Centre in Montreal on April 18, after the promoters met with Québécois officials on Tuesday and hashed out acceptable rules for the event.

Regie des Alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ), the government agency that oversees combat sports in Quebec, posted a press release on Wednesday stating that the UFC would receive a license to hold the event, but gave no details regarding any revised rules, if any.

“During our meeting, the Regie received assurances by the promoter that the security of the participants will be assured and that the regulation on the fight sports will be respected at the time of the event,” read the RACJ release.

Quebec Boxing Commission representative Daniele Gagnon told Sherdog.com that no further comment would be issued by the commission or the RACJ on Wednesday.

Rejean Theriault, communications director for the RACJ, announced last week that the provincial agency would uphold previously unrecognized regulations for the sport which prohibited elbow and knee strikes, and asked referees to intervene each time a fighter was knocked down. The rules were drafted for “mixed boxing” in the early 1990s, and severely handicap what fans recognize today as mixed martial arts.

MMA events have been hosted in the province for nearly ten years under rules comparable to the unified rules of combat, but a recent change in leadership at the commission led to a re-evaluation of the system. Theriault said the RACJ was unaware that the commission’s previous head, Mario LaTraverse, has allowed promoters to deviate from the Quebec regulations in place.

Officials were hard-pressed to make the decision after a Titans Fighting (formerly Strikebox) event on Feb. 6 in Montreal ended in near-riot regarding confusion over the rules.

Richard Renault, who replaced LaTraverse, was among those who called for a more stringent application of the regulations on the books.

UFC 97, which pits middleweight champion Anderson Silva against jiu-jitsu ace Thales Leites, sold nearly 13,000 tickets in the first few minutes, said UFC officials last week. The promotion’s previous trip to Montreal for UFC 83 last April sold 20,011 tickets, a record for the promotion and the sport in North America.

Lotfi Sariahmed contributed to this report.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

  • 14 days ago
  • 0 views

A verbal agreement is in place between Hacran Dias and Darren Elkins to meet at UFC Fight Night 58, officials announced on Tuesday. read news >>

  • 29 days ago
  • 10 views

Originally scheduled to meet at UFC 166, middleweight contenders Luke Rockhold and Tim Boetsch finally get their chance to meet in the Octagon at UFC 172. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

While originally scheduled as the co-main event for UFC 182, UFC bantamweight women's champion Ronda Rousey will instead defend her title against Cat Zingano at UFC 184. The bout will still serve as read news >>

  • 27 days ago
  • 170 views

Duane Ludwig, striking coach for UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes, reveals he didn't hear the bell at the end of the first round and blames referee Marc Goddard for not being more forcible in read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

I've been thinking about championships lately. More specifically, I've been thinking about championships and how, given the multiple injuries suffered by UFC title-holders in recent years, we are nea read news >>

  • 25 days ago
  • 0 views

Lipeng Zhang , winner of “The Ultimate Fighter: China,” has verbally agreed to fight Chris Wade at UFC Fight Night “McGregor vs. Siver” in Boston on Jan. 18. read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 24 views

The Nevada Athletic Commission collected both blood and urine samples from UFC middleweight No. 1 contender Vitor Belfort in Florida on Saturday. read news >>

  • 24 days ago
  • 58 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission finally lived up to their promise to drug test former TRT user Vitor Belfort and showed up in Florida to collect blood and urine from the fighter. For those cynic read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 0 views

Recently beaten featherweights Diego Brandao and Jim Hettes try to get back on track at UFC 183 this coming January. While this fight announcement isn't as big as the deluge of main events and co-mai read news >>

Jump to: