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Windex 04-17-2009 09:05 AM

UFC 97: Redemption
 
April 18, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec

anyone going?

Main Card
Middleweight Championship bout: Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites
Light Heavyweight bout: Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio Rua
Light Heavyweight bout: Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann
Heavyweight bout: Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk
Light Heavyweight bout: Steve Cantwell vs. Luiz Arthur Cane

Preliminary Card
Light Heavyweight bout: Eliot Marshall vs. Vinicius Magalh„es
Middleweight bout: Denis Kang vs. Xavier Foupa-Pokam
Middleweight bout: Jason MacDonald vs. Nate Quarry
Middleweight bout: David Loiseau vs. Ed Herman
Lightweight bout: Mark Bocek vs. David Bielkheden
Welterweight bout: Ryo Chonan vs. TJ Grant
Lightweight bout: Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman

INSIDER 04-17-2009 09:23 AM

2 of my friends that work for 'the score' are going.
i'll probably either watch this at Wegz, or at home.... havent decided yet.

Bmats7 04-17-2009 09:41 AM

I am just waiting on Evans vs. Machida.

Does that other guy have a real chance @ beating silva?

Ugo Ferst 04-17-2009 10:10 AM

his BJJ is above Andersons, his only hope will be submission

Windex 04-17-2009 11:29 AM

UFC related
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UFC planning November show in Boston; New York and Toronto in early 2010 Friday, April 17 2009
A trio of new host cities will get Ultimate Fighting Championship events later this year or in early 2010 if Dana White gets his way.

The UFC president, apparently confident that legislation will be in place in time, has targeted Boston, New York City and Toronto for upcoming UFC shows.

White laid out the plans during today's UFC 97 pre-event press conference.

White, born and raised near Boston, has long publicly shared his interest in taking the UFC to the state, a hotbed for MMA that has hosted a past tryout for "The Ultimate Fighter." However, despite the sport's popularity in the state, and though some events are held in the state, Massachusetts does not currently regulate MMA.

UFC officials are involved in the political push, though, and regulation is considered likely very soon.

"I'm pretty confident we're going to do an event in Boston, Mass., at the Boston Garden in November," White said.

The Garden, formally known as the TD Banknorth Garden, is home to the NBA's Boston Celtics and NHL's Boston Bruins and can accommodate nearly 20,000 spectators.

Although Boston boasts a population of about 610,000 (making it the 21st largest city in the U.S.), its greater metro area includes nearly five million people, making it potentially one of the most lucrative markets available to the UFC.

However, bigger even than Boston is New York City. The UFC has been on the frontlines in the fight to get MMA sanctioned in the state of New York, though a few (but vocal) opponents have provided hurdles. Still, most are optimistic that legislation will pass and the state, the third most populous in the country (19.5 million residents), will begin MMA regulation by year's end.

White and Co. are ready to capitalize once the doors open. The same goes for Toronto, which is Canada's most populous city with 2.5 million residents (and 5.6 million in the metro area).

"The first of the year, (we want to do a show in) New York, and I'm hoping we have Toronto done before New York," White said.

White's ultimate goal is to host a NYC event at the legendary Madison Square Garden, a 20,000-seat arena in the heart of the city. However, since arriving in Canada on Wednesday, fans have been adamant that Toronto could do even better.

"The people up here tell me, 'If you go to Toronto, you could do 60,000 seats,'" White said. "People tell me crazy stuff about going to Toronto.”

"As fast as we sell out here (in Montreal), maybe we could do 30,000 in Toronto." (source Dann Stupp, MMAjunkie.com)

Ugo Ferst 04-17-2009 12:03 PM

he is in for a surprise when/if he comes to Toronto, i predict a 1 or 2 hour sellout, 20,000 or 50,000, i went to a ufc meet n greet and it was packed, just to talk to fighters and not even watch a fight.

Raptorman 04-18-2009 02:13 AM

I will be there!! Leaving at 12 noon...sitting right where the fighters pass to get to the ring. Watch for me!

Had to see Iceman before he hangs 'em up.

Windex 04-18-2009 09:48 AM

yup

looks like its Icemans last fight


do you think Marion will be there?
He did say he was going to Montreal

Ugo Ferst 04-18-2009 02:46 PM

ppl are gonna regret throwing too much dirt on chucks grave, he lost to the current and the former champions of that division and keith jardine, not exactly cans. He can still beat mid level competition like shogun and many others, look for the wrestling tonight.

Windex 04-18-2009 02:59 PM

shogun will be a lot better than his last 2 fights
he used to be real good at Pride

funny I don't there will be much wrestling
cause they both said it will be a stand up fight

I don't know who wins
whoever shows up

Windex 04-19-2009 08:22 AM


Raptorman 04-19-2009 12:55 PM

I just got up from my UFC trip. We left Sat at 12 noon and got back Sun at 6 am.

The Bell Center was ELECTRIC. Lots of thugery looking guys and hot HOT ladies.

Great fights until Silva's snore fest.

Liddell fight was crazy . Every punch from Liddell caused a huge uproar. When he hit the canvas, the place went silent. Like a funeral home.

I was at a tunnel where the fighters hung out after their fights. Chuck came out and signed auto's (including ladies b00bs!) and hung out drinking beer.

Great night. Sorry for the brief recap.

NOTE: If you ever go live, 10-25 rows up gives you the best view. Floors are cool cuz you get to walk around and mingle (some fighters cam out after) but it's a bad vantage point for the $$$. I was 8 rows up and couldnt see everything cuz of the camera men and the ring. Next time I will be happy with "cheaper" tickets. I paid $200 for $420 seats.


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