The UFC may finally be coming to Canada if what UFC Vice President Marc Ratner is saying holds up to be true.
Ratner informed MMA Weekly that the UFC is in final negotiations with Bell Centre officials to hold an event at the arena in Montreal in the middle of April:
“The UFC is looking at April 19 right now to come to Montreal, Canada,” said Ratner. ‘It’s still tentative as we’re in final negotiations with the Bell Centre, but we’re very confident that it’s going to happen.”
The organization has found trouble in the past securing a date to hold an event at the Bell Centre since the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens call the venue home.
Ratner also expressed hope that Georges St. Pierre comes out of his welterweight title fight against Matt Hughes next month relatively unscathed so he can compete on the card:
“We really hope Georges comes through in his upcoming bout, win or lose, without any injuries because that would be a huge fight,” said Ratner.
We reported last week that UFC middleweight Jason MacDonald had been informed by the promotion that he would be needed to compete in April when the UFC makes it’s debut in Canada.
The road to Canada has been filled with many bumps for the UFC. Here’s a little collection of some more of our coverage of the journey:
UFC Cancels January Montreal Event
White Planning January UFC Event for Montreal
UFC Attempting to Go North Once Again
TKO Welcomes UFC in Canada
UFC May Not Reach Canada in ‘07
UFC Eyeing Canada
UFC Calls Off Montreal Card
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