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