Today the UFC held a press conference in Calgary to announce a trio of new events coming to Canada during the course of 2012.
First up will be Calgary who’ll host UFC 149 on July 21st. Dana White was in attendance to unveil their plans and stated that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo would defend his title at the show, though his opponent hasn’t been decided as yet.
That news brought a big cheer from the large number of Calgary MMA fans who were in attendance to hear the announcement of the first ever UFC event in the region.
Impressed by their dedication – many of them had stood outside in the bitter cold for several hours in order to get into the presser – White vowed to put on a “sick card” for them.
No doubt there’ll be a strong Canadian slant to the line-up and amongst them will be Jason MacDonald who revealed that he plans to retire after fighting on the Calgary show.
Meanwhile, Mark Hominick and GSP were on stand-by via satellite to announce two further shows, with Toronto playing host to the Octagon on September 22nd for UFC 152, while they’ll also return to Montreal on November 17th for UFC 154.
The UFC’s Canadian Head Tom Wright was also on the stage for the announcement and he added that Toronto and Montreal are also guaranteed to be on the UFC’s calender for next year as well.
No fights are confirmed yet for either event, but St.Pierre admitted he was hoping to return from injury to fight Carlos Condit for the welterweight title at the Montreal show, adding that he expects to begin full training in July.
So, all in all a very good news day indeed for the UFC’s strong Canadian support.