UFC 97 will take place on April 18th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as scheduled after the UFC reached an agreement with the Quebec Athletic Commission to ban foot stomps at the event.
Corus Sports first reported the news earlier today.
UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta and vice president for regulatory affairs Marc Ratner traveled to Montreal earlier this week to meet with the athletic commission in hopes of saving the event, which is already sold out. Having to only concede to ban foot stomps is a major victory for the UFC as the commission was seeking to prohibit elbow and knee strikes and allow for temporary stoppages to ensure downed fighters were able to continue.
UFC 97 is headlined by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva defending his title against Thales Leites and also features Chuck Liddel vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann, Jason MacDonald vs. Nate Quarry, and Ed Herman vs. David Loiseau.