(‘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!