The Canadian Press is reporting that UFC president Dana White has officially stated that UFC plans to bring their product to Canada in October, specifically Montreal.
The mixed martial arts circuit will be in Montreal in October, UFC president Dana White told The Canadian Press. He did not provide a date for the show but said the decision to come to Canada was made Saturday.
The UFC had planned to hold a show at Montreal’s Bell Centre on April 7 but the card was called off in December. At the time White said: ‘‘There were a lot of different things that made that fight fall apart.’‘
White did not provide a specific date but he did state that the event would take place at The Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Formerly known as the Molson Centre the arena has a capacity of 21,273.
This marks the second time there have been rumblings about the UFC coming north of the border. Originally it was rumored that the UFC would debut their product in Canada on April 7th but the plan fell apart in December. This time it looks to be legit…
This brings up quite a few interesting questions… Will Georges St. Pierre be fighting on the card? He is currently scheduled to face Josh Koscheck at UFC 74: Respect. The winner is expected to get a title shot meaning they’d have to wait until sometime next Spring before fighting again. It’s unlikely that St. Pierre would be able to fight twice in the span of less than two months.
The current Canadian fighters on the UFC roster are Jason MacDonald (MW), Kalib Starnes (MW), Ivan Salaverry (MW), Mark Bocek (LW), Sam Stout (LW), Victor Valimaki (LHW), and Jeff Joslin (WW).
Other possible options?
Jonathan Goulet - Goulet seems like a very likely option. He still has two fights remaining on his UFC contract and since leaving the organization he has gotten his career back on track racking up 2 wins with 1 no contest in TKO. Goulet is a big draw in the Montreal area so it only makes sense.
Joe Doerksen - Since his loss at UFC 58: Canada vs. USA, Doerksen has been on a tear winning seven straight, all by stoppage. Doerksen is currently under contract with PRIDE and he has stated that his goal is to return to either the UFC or PRIDE.
Denis Kang - Though there have been rumors of Kang signing with Bodog, this would be the perfect opportunity for the UFC to sign Kang and debut him in front of his fellow Canadians.
David Loiseau - Though he looked rather unimpressive during his last two UFC bouts, Loiseau was able to get himself back on track winning his last fight at Art of War by submission. If Loiseau can win his next fight coming up later this summer the UFC should consider bringing the Montreal, Quebec native back.
With all of the Canadian fighters out of the way, who would you like to see on this card? Any thoughts on the possible headliner?
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