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UFC 97: Redemption
The poster for UFC 97: Redemption.
PromotionUltimate Fighting Championship
DateApril 18, 2009
VenueBell Centre
CityMontreal, Quebec, Canada
Total gate$4,900,000
Event chronology
UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann UFC 97: Redemption UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida

UFC 97: Redemption (not to be confused with UFC 17: Redemption) was a mixed martial arts event held by the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) on April 18, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


This event broke the UFC attendance record that was set 364 days earlier in Montreal at UFC 83.[2]

Due to time constraints, the preliminary bout between Sam Stout and Matt Wiman was moved to the main card, resulting in a six-fight live main card.

Sanctioning and rules controversy[edit]

On February 12, 2009, reports surfaced that province regulators ("Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux", or RACJ) requested a set of rule changes that differ from the Unified Rules of MMA put the event at risk from taking place.[3] The proposed rule changes banned elbow and knee strikes, mandated a smaller cage, and would stop a fight when a fighter gets knocked down.[3][4] Before, the RACJ has followed the Unified Rules, but as laws differ by city, state, or province, a commission can insist on the usage of its own rules.[5]

On February 18, 2009, it was announced that UFC officials were able to convince the RACJ to reverse its stand and use the Unified Rules. As a concession, the UFC agreed to the banning of foot stomps for this event.[6]


Main card (PPV)
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Middleweight Anderson Silva (c) def. Thales Leites KO (punches) 2 1:00 [a]
Lightweight Sam Stout def. Matt Wiman Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Maurício Rua def. Chuck Liddell TKO (punches) 1 4:28
Light Heavyweight Krzysztof Soszynski def. Brian Stann Submission (kimura) 1 3:53
Heavyweight Cheick Kongo def. Antoni Hardonk TKO (punches) 2 2:29
Light Heavyweight Luiz Cane def. Steve Cantwell TKO (punches and elbows) 2 3:30
Preliminary card
Middleweight Denis Kang def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Middleweight Nate Quarry def. Jason MacDonald TKO (elbows) 1 2:27
Middleweight Ed Herman def. David Loiseau Decision (unanimous) (30–26, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Lightweight Mark Bocek def. David Bielkheden Submission (rear-naked choke) 1 4:57 [b]
Welterweight TJ Grant def. Ryo Chonan Decision (split) (30–27, 28–29, 29–28) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Eliot Marshall def. Vinny Magalhães Decision (unanimous) (29–28, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
  1. ^ For the UFC Middleweight Championship.
  2. ^ Bielkheden did not make the 156 pound lightweight limit, weighing in at 157 pounds.

Bonus awards[edit]

Fighters were awarded $70,000 bonuses.[7]

  • Fight of the Night: Sam Stout vs. Matt Wiman
  • Knockout of the Night: Maurício Rua
  • Submission of the Night: Krzysztof Soszynski

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2010-02-15). "UFC remains king of PPV hill". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  2. ^ "UFC 97: Redemption". tapology.com. Retrieved 2014-12-03.
  3. ^ a b Pishna, Ken (February 12, 2009). "Possible Rule Changes Put UFC 97 in Jeopardy". MMAWeekly.com. Archived from the original on February 16, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  4. ^ "Possible Quebec Athletic Commission rule changes puts UFC 97 in jeopardy". FightTrend.com. February 12, 2009. Retrieved February 13, 2009.[dead link]
  5. ^ "UFC's Montreal in jeopardy?". Sportsnet.ca. Archived from the original on February 15, 2009. Retrieved February 12, 2009.
  6. ^ Holland, Jesse (February 18, 2009). "UFC 97 to remain in Montreal on April 18". MMAmania.com. Retrieved February 18, 2009.
  7. ^ "UFC 97 bonuses: Rua, Soszynski, Stout and Wiman each earn $70K awards". MMAjunkie.com. April 18, 2009. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved April 18, 2009.