By Zach Arnold | February 14, 2009
According to a new post at Corus Sports, there will reportedly be a meeting next week between the RACJ (which oversees the Quebec Boxing Commission) and UFC President Dana White in regards to what rules UFC would have to abide under for the April 19th event in Montreal at the Bell Centre. The report claims that this meeting will either make or break the event from taking place.
Richard Labbé of La Presse, which is a big French-language newspaper in Canada, seconds what the Corus Sports report claims and says that it was White (not the QBC) that asked for the meeting to save the show. La Presse quotes Réjean Thériault, who has been adamant about the QBC going back to pre-Unified rules, stating that the rules the QBC would be going back to are similar to those in Ontario (where MMA currently isn’t legislated). Thériault is insisting on no knees or elbows. Here is the quote that will get Réjean Thériault a lot of heat:
«Et pourtant, les gens du UFC n’ont toujours pas obtenu de permis pour présenter leur événement, a rappelé Réjean Thériault.
On souhaite qu’ils puissent présenter leur carte malgré tout, mais ils devront le faire selon nos règles.»
I’m not fluent in French, but the message seems clear (and I’ll paraphase) — UFC can present their case, but they will have to run the show according to our rules.
Thériault is also quoted as saying that ‘the old administration’ of the QBC was tolerant of the Unified Rules, but that the laws the QBC wants to enforce now are the same ones that have always been on the books. Again paraphasing him, he told La Press that if the UFC wants to run a show at the Bell Centre, they will have to follow the rules. Thériault is not publicly wavering yet on the possibility of UFC canceling the event.