The UFC’s first trip to Toronto, Canada for UFC 129 on April 30th looks set to be the promotion’s biggest event of 2011, and if all goes according to plan, their biggest ever show.
Dana White has already guaranteed that the event will outdo the UFC’s current attendance record (which coincidentally was set at UFC 124 in Vancouver at 23,152) and Speaking to MMAWeekly, The UFC’s Director Of Canadian Operations Tom Wright has given the first indications of the scale of next year’s show.
“We’ve talked about the 30,000 to 40,000 range. Whatever it is, we’re going to set a record here in terms of turnstile attendance,” said Wright. “I can tell you it will be north of 25,000 and probably south of 40,000.”
To ensure that they can deliver those kinds of numbers at The Rogers Center, Wright is expecting the UFC to pull out all the stops with the fight card that they put together for the event.
“What I’m lobbying for, I’d like to see two championships, a UFC 100 type of card,” he says.
No decisions have been made yet, but a welterweight title fight between Georges St.Pierre and Jake Shields seems almost certain to lead the card. As we mentioned at the weekend the ways things are going the heavyweight title showdown between Cain Velasquez Vs Junior Dos Santos could also be a strong possibility for the event.
If so that would match up perfectly with UFC 100’s line-up which also had both the 170lb and 265lb titles on the line.