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Standing Room Only at UFC 97

Written by Tom Ngo
February 20th, 2009
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Today, the UFC announced that their April 18th event in Montreal, Canada is officially a sell out. Tickets originally went on sale last Wednesday to UFC Fight Club members, with the general public having access on February 14th. UFC 97 marks the organization’s 2nd successful promotion with our northern neighbors.

“I knew going back to Montreal would be another home run,” UFC president Dana White stated. “Our Canadian fan base is incredibly strong and continues to grow even in these hard times. UFC events continue to bring a substantial economic impact to the city of Montreal.”

This announcement comes on the heels of the UFC and the Quebec Athletic Commission’s ability to come to an agreement on what rules will be applied inside the Octagon at the Bell Centre. The QAC agreed to abide by standardized North American MMA rules, the same that the UFC currently follows.

The UFC’s first journey up north was destined to be a success, as the country’s most famous athlete, Georges St-Pierre, took on champion Matt Serra at UFC 83 to unify the welterweight title.

Exactly 21,390 enthusiastic Canadian fans went crazy as GSP dominated Serra for nearly10 minutes, before the fight was stopped in the 2ndRound. It garnered $5.1 million at the gate.

UFC 97 will be headlined by middleweight champion Anderson Silva taking on Thales Leites. The night’s co-main event will feature former UFC 205-pound champion Chuck Liddell taking on former PrideFC sensation Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

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