UFC Announces Canadian Lineup for 2012; Aldo and GSP in Promotional Plans

Jose Aldo. Photo by Ken Pishna/MMA Weekly.

The UFC today announced a trio of events on Canadian soil for this year, starting off with the promotion's first-ever event in Calgary, Alberta in July and followed by returns to Montreal and Toronto in September and November respectively.

Jose Aldo's latest featherweight title defense will headline UFC 149 on July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. An opponent for Aldo has yet to be announced. In addition, the UFC will return to Toronto, Ontario for UFC 152 on September 22, but a venue has not yet been chosen for the event.

Longtime UFC welterweight king Georges St. Pierre is also targeting a potential return to action at UFC 154 in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec on November 17 at the Bell Centre, which will hang on the success of his rehab more than anything else.

Since coming over from the WEC, Aldo had defended his UFC featherweight belt three straight times, most recently knocking out Chad Mendes with a first-round combination of knees and punches at UFC 142 in January.

While an opponent has not yet been chosen for him, UFC officials may very well be waiting for the winner of a title eliminator between top contenders Dustin Poirer and Chan-Sung Jung scheduled for May 15.

St. Pierre has been sidelined after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL. His possible return this November will mark the first time he has fought since winning a unanimous decision over Jake Shields at UFC 129 in April 2011.

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