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12/30/2007 1:02pm,
Dana White: UFC Coming to Canada in April
Dann Stupp, MMAjunkie.com
December 28, 2007

The UFC will, in fact, host its first show in Canada in April.

UFC President Dana White made the announcement during Thursday's UFC 79 press conference in Las Vegas, and the news was relayed in a Sportsnet.ca report that was posted today.

Although White gave no date for the event, he stated that he wants French-Canadian fighter Georges St. Pierre to be part of the fight card -- regardless of the outcome of his fight with Matt Hughes tomorrow. The two former UFC welterweight champions meet in UFC 79's main event for the interim UFC welterweight title. St. Pierre was a late replacement for current champ Matt Serra, who had to pull out of the bout with a herniated disc.

One possible date for the event is April 19. A source close to the Bell Centre in Montreal recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the UFC has targeted the venue for that date.

The UFC has never held an event in Canada, though not for a lack of trying. The UFC unofficially announced two previous Canadian events only to have to move the events to U.S. locations because of scheduling conflicts.

In a recent blog posting, UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald also mentioned that he expects to be part of the fight card -- which will likely be UFC 83 or UFC 84.

http://sports.yahoo.com/mma/news;_ylt=AmmpIWnKR99NwZzULj_mvZ89Eo14?slug=mmajun kie-UFC_to_Canada_in_April

I told you guys! IT works out, hopefully Serra will be healthy so GSP and Serra can match up for the welterweight title.

Roidie McDouchebag
12/30/2007 4:17pm,

12/30/2007 4:45pm,
It's about damn time too.

12/31/2007 10:21am,

Goju - Joe
1/01/2008 10:10pm,
road trip!

1/02/2008 1:55am,
For real? Then let's get some things planned, I know around five of us Bullshido members in TO are interested in going!

Goju - Joe
1/02/2008 8:23am,
Is the date confirmed by the UFC? Cause I told the wife if it's coming to montreal I am going

Roidie McDouchebag
1/02/2008 3:26pm,
I hate you all.

1/02/2008 3:47pm,
I'll pay for your ferry if you fly over!

1/02/2008 7:53pm,
Not to Ontario, alas.

1/02/2008 7:58pm,
how far is the Bell centre from Ottawa? Like a 2 hour drive?

1/02/2008 10:04pm,
Montreal is only what 7 hours from toronto? that's close enough for me!

Goju - Joe
1/03/2008 12:07am,
A nice train ride to Montreal, some cab fair and good times.

I love Montreal.

1/04/2008 3:36pm,
Not to Ontario, alas.

MMA events aren't sanctioned in Ontario, as far as I know. Now that I think about it, a lot of the famous Canadian fighters in the UFC have been French Canadians from Quebec...

1/05/2008 8:10pm,
MMA is sanctioned in Quebec. But "Prizefighting" is still illegal on Ontario, because they are still trapped in the 90's.

Vancouver also recently stopped sanctioning MMA events, but there are several other parts of BC with commissions.

And then in Alberta, everything is legal... including cousins marrying.

1/05/2008 10:14pm,
There has been at least 1 mma event in ontario. on the reserve. there is another one coming up in February. They can get away with it cos the reservers are "soveriegn nations" or some nonsense like that.

they should have events on the quebec side of ottawa. i bet they would have an even better turn out then in MOntreal.

there have been some good fighters from places other then quebec. sam stout and jason mcdonald come to time. i know there are others but i can't think of them off the top of my head.