MM-Eh is in a bit more trouble than it seems thanks to that Strikebox show over the weekend that ended with a riot. It not only did the promotion in, but possibly could take UFC 97 with it.
There is a lot of trouble regarding UFC 97 in Montreal scheduled for 4/18. 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. However, due to the riot at a show in Quebec promoted by Stephane Patry where fans threw beer cans and bottles because a match went to the ground (fans were told no fights going to the ground as it was not promoted as MMA but as StrikeBox with different rules, but then the athletic commission told them if they were using small gloves, they had to use MMA rules, and then told the refs the fights were all MMA rules, James Thompson took Steve Bosse to the ground in the main event, and the fans rioted), 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 (thanks to Eric Bonin).
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