Green light for UFC in Montreal

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Rich "Ace" Franklin tries to throw a standing elbow as Anderson "Spider" Silva defends during their first fight at UFC 64. (SUN MEDIA/File)

JOSE RODRIGUEZ, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:02 PM ET

It was a close call, but UFC 97 got the green light from Quebec's combative sports commission following some tense moments.

The commission granted the licence for Montreal to host its second UFC event after fight club brass made an emergency trip to the city when questions arose about fighter safety.

Changes in the Quebec commission resulted in questions being raised about the use of elbows and knees.

Following the meeting, commission members sanctioned the April 18 event after assurances from the fight club that fighter safety was paramount.

Like UFC 83 last year, tickets to UFC 97 sold out in a day.

Card announced

The UFC has unveiled its full card for April's Montreal show. It is as follows:

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Middleweight champ Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites

Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua

Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann

Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk

Luis Cane vs. Steve Cantwell

UNDERCARD

Xavier Foupa-Pokam vs. Denis Kang

Jason MacDonald vs. Nate Quarry

Ed Herman vs. David Loiseau

David Bielkheden vs. Mark Bocek

Ryo Chonan vs. T.J. Grant

Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman

Tough to lose pounds

Making weight can be tough for fighters and Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez is no exception. In preparing for his fight tonight against Joe "Daddy" Stevenson, Sanchez admits the last few pounds are always tough. "The reason I went to 155 is because it's a challenge. I was 193 on Christmas Eve. So I've dropped almost about 30 lbs. now. And these last final pounds, it's just pure discipline. And yes, it's tough, man."

Franklin vs. Silva

Mmajunkie is reporting that Rich Franklin and Wanderlei Silva have agreed to fight at UFC 99, June 13 in Cologne, Germany.


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