Amidst a firestorm of controversy surrounding the Quebec Athletic Commissions change in philosophy over enforcing its own rules that govern mixed martial arts, UFC president Dana White spoke with CKAC Sports 730AM in Montreal about the possibility that UFC 97, scheduled for Montreal in April, could wind up not happening in the city.
He insisted that they are trying to work things out with the athletic commission there, believing that his promotion would have a projected $12 million impact on Montreal.
White said that one of the UFC’s owners, Lorenzo Fertitta, is headed to Canada later this week to meet with officials in an attempt to iron out the situation.
“I don’t think it’s something that we can’t work out… and get this thing fixed so that we can continuously come to Montreal to hold events,” he told the show’s host. “I can’t see (UFC 97) not coming there.”
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(It is a French-speaking show, but the interview with Dana White is conducted in English.)