TSN is reporting that UFC president Dana White has called off the planned January date in Montreal.
“We had a venue and everything set up for Canada and we had to cancel the Canada date,” UFC president Dana White told reporters Thursday.
“I know it sucks, I’m sorry,” White said. “We"ll get there, I promise.”
According to the report, the show was canceled after the UFC failed to secure a deal with HBO. They planned on holding a show at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec and televising it on HBO to viewers in the USA before the deal fell through.
The UFC has been struggling to secure a show in Canada. Originally it was expected that the UFC would appear in Canada at some point during April and October but neither event materialized as White could not secure a free date due to the NHL season.
Update 10/19 10:00 AM: Rogers Sportsnet has a video interview with White where he guarantees that the UFC will be in Canada in ‘08.