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Foot Stomps Out, But UFC Cleared For Montreal

(‘Hey, cut that out!  It’s mildly annoying.’)

UFC 97 will go on as planned in Montreal in April, with only one slight alteration of the normal rules: no foot stomps.  Considering that there was some concern over whether the event would take place at all after the local commission got scared and claimed never to have really sanctioned MMA at all, this is indeed great news.  Now Anderson Silva will be free to destroy Thales Leites as planned.  And if he loses, he can always blame the altered rules for taking away a vital piece of his attack.  Not that he really uses foot stomps regularly, but it’s the threat of foot stomps that keeps opponents guessing.  Now it’s back to the drawing board for Silva.

A report from Corus Sports that is written in some indecipherable script known as “French” confirmed the news.  We have no idea what it says, but oddly enough our friends at Fightlinker are familiar with this strange tongue.  And here we thought they only knew broken English.  Looks like we owe them an apology.

There’s no word yet on what exactly the commission in Montreal found so objectionable about foot stomps while at the same time being unbothered by punches, kicks, knees and elbows, but as long as Chris Leben isn’t added to the card we’re guessing it won’t be much of an issue.  MMA, onward!

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Rev Darren- February 19, 2009 at 8:06 pm
Touche Sacterre Touche
Sacterre- February 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm
Smart move because nothing is more homo than a couple of greasy shirtless Frenchies hugging and smashing clogs.

I dunno. Putting that image in our heads for no good reason was pretty homo in itself. Bout what you can expect from a man of the cloth these days, though.

Personally, I'm a little disappointed the event will be held here. Despite being able to claim GSP as a native, we Montrealers have always proved to be the worst MMA fans in North America (which is saying a lot). I blame Hockey.

Rappelons que le combat final de la carte du UFC 97 mettra en vedette un combat d'unification des titres entre Anderson Silva et Thales Leites.

"Rappelons" equates to "by the way" here. The article isn't very well written, it was just the writer's way of bringing up the main event. Good to see David Loiseau on the card, too.
Rev Darren- February 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm
"There’s no word yet on what exactly the commission in Montreal found so objectionable about foot stomps"
It is because to the naked eye one could perceive it as river dance. The French gave that Nancy shit up way before moving into Canada. Smart move because nothing is more homo than a couple of greasy shirtless Frenchies hugging and smashing clogs.
Harry Russo- February 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm
No foot stomps were allowed in Serra vs. Georges 2? No wonder Serra was off. He would have mangled georges with foot stomps.
bitteralex- February 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm
no foot stomps huh?

well if i was Thales Leites i'd learn how to put my foot infront of my face.... =)
Bod- February 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm
In the article they speak about a unification bout for Silva... I think that they fucked up doind their reporting!

I am from Montreal and if you think bringing the UFC to Montreal is a waste you clearly never visited the city, even less when the UFC is around!
Blackleg- February 18, 2009 at 12:39 pm
Bundy: FYI... It's still a bitch move.

Machete: You are the smartest man alive! That is exactly why there are no striking disciplines that use anything below the fucking ankle. Every martial variant is really just Muay Thai with a wardrobe change. And yes, it still is lame.
Machete for hands- February 18, 2009 at 12:16 pm

F C Y U!!!!!!

Thoughts- February 18, 2009 at 12:13 pm
Ok first off plz ban whoever had that stupid fucking "cool" thing...NOW.

Then, why do I get the feeling that someone in canada, not saying who, but someone just wanted to have the UFC come visit and leave a bag of cash on his desk.

Afterwards they settled on remoiving footstomps to capture the sheeps' attention while the cash is moved out the back, because they had to seem like they made a stink for a reason right?
LukeTheDuke- February 18, 2009 at 11:59 am
What if its an accident?
Brad- February 18, 2009 at 11:59 am
when did TUF Guy turn into such a pussy? Go home and let your dad beat the shit out of you for a night or two and grow some balls.
PoleVault1543- February 18, 2009 at 11:34 am
hahahaha good one about Larry Craig, maybe Anderson Silva will say he used foot stomps because of his extra wide stance
Derekrva- February 18, 2009 at 11:33 am
Thank you
SteveXtreme- February 18, 2009 at 11:23 am
Here's hoping that Anderson Silva goes foot stomp crazy on Thales, so that come Sunday we can argue about "Stomp Gate."
LAS- February 18, 2009 at 11:23 am
In a related story, Senator Larry Craig is now planning to watch UFC 97.
TheRandomKnowledgableGuy- February 18, 2009 at 11:10 am
Damn... I am an avid practitioner of the foot stomp. Im very sad to see this go.
B- February 18, 2009 at 11:10 am
Matt Serra isn't on the card so it matters not.
Clozer- February 18, 2009 at 11:10 am
Hopefully one of the Bens can figure out how to make the COOL guy stop.
Machete for hands- February 18, 2009 at 11:08 am
theres alot of little pieces of bones on your foot. thats why when you see a kick performed you always see them hitting the opponent with there shins. because your foot can easily break. foot stomps arent lame. they will injure you pretty bad
Bundy- February 18, 2009 at 11:04 am
FYI...It only takes 8 pounds of pressure to break somones foot.
agentsmith- February 18, 2009 at 11:03 am
Fuck, I was already developing the Chris Leben joke as I was reading that. :(
Derekrva- February 18, 2009 at 10:59 am
Is that guy's foot bleeding in the picture?

No foot stomps huh? Are ear flicking and purple nurples the next to go?
The Mad Montrealer- February 18, 2009 at 10:55 am
The article on the corusport site had this to say:

"Rappelons que le combat final de la carte du UFC 97 mettra en vedette un combat d'unification des titres entre Anderson Silva et Thales Leites."

Which translates to:

"Remember that the last fight on the UFC97 card will showcase a title unification bout between Anderson Silva and Thales Leites."

Wtf is that supposed to mean? Did I miss something?