Dana White appeared on a Montreal radio show yesterday to discuss the situation with UFC 97 and the RAJC.
If the UFC is sweating the possibility that they may not be able to hold UFC 97 in Montreal, Dana certainly didn’t show it. He sounded extremely confident that the economic impact that the UFC would bring to the city of Montreal would be enough to win the commission over. Translated (via Google).
“I just do not see how the event might not take place as originally planned. We have heard of any controversy with the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux, but sales are incredible. ”
By observing the figures presented by White, it is clear that it would be in honor of the Government of Quebec to support the event:
– 12 000 tickets sold in pre-sales
– $ 1 million in fees for these tickets so far
– Spin total potential 12 million (mostly new money) for the weekend of April 18
When asked about his reaction when he learned that RACJ wanted to put a stop events UFC, Dana White said he was held in suspense ( “we were a little bit freaked out), but this kind of conflict were common in its industry.
That wasn’t the only thing Dana had to say though. When asked if he could give the radio show another “scoop,” Dana laughed and said Georges St. Pierre will “more than likely” defend his UFC Welterweight Championship against Thiago Alves at UFC 100.
Now, that fight, ladies and gentlemen, is one hell of a great start to building a tremendous card for what is expected to be the biggest event in UFC history.
Props to FightOpinion.com for the report and radio show finds.