The Canadian fanbase has always been one of MMA’s strongest, showing both an understanding of the sport as well as an overwhelming appreciation for involved skills. As such, the UFC has always made it a point to make a few stops in the nation including a card in 2010 setting the North American attendance record for a MMA event.
Now it appears the organization will be heading to Canada at least twice a year for the foreseeable future with a spring show in Montreal (targeted for March) and a fall event in Toronto (targeted for September).
“It’s really important, we feel, to have that kind of consistency to our schedule, to not only our fans but to our business partners to manage their relationship with us and our relationship with them,” said UFC Director of Canadian Operations Tom Wright.
The UFC was in Toronto last weekend for UFC 152 where Jon Jones successfully defended his title against Vitor Belfort, while the Octagon will make an appearance in Montreal this November for UFC 154. The lineup is expected to be headlined by a bout between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit.
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