The UFC have confirmed that November 17th’s UFC 154: GSP Vs Condit event in Montreal will be broadcast in select cinemas in the U.S.
“This is one of the biggest fights of the year,” UFC President Dana White said in a press release. “Georges St-Pierre is back in probably the fight of his career. GSP hasn’t fought in several months. Meanwhile Carlos Condit has been beating a who’s who at 170 pounds for years. This is a serious fight. On Nov. 17, fans can watch champion vs. champion in select theaters across the country to see who will leave as the undisputed best fighter in the UFC welterweight division.”
More than 350 theatres will show the event live, though it will only be offering the main card.
This isn’t the first time the UFC has taken their events to the big screen, but it is something that’s generally reserved for big-time shows. The most recent one was during Superbowl weekend back in February when Condit defeated Nick Diaz to earn the interim welterweight title, while GSP also experienced the same treatment when he fought Dan Hardy back in 2010.
St.Pierre is currently the UFC’s top draw by some distance, consistently pulling in the region of 700-800,000 pay-per-view buys each time he fights in the Octagon, a significantly higher average than the sports other major stars like Anderson Silva and Jon Jones.
Having now been out of action for more than a year due to injuries there’s certainly a strong interest from MMA fans to see him compete once again and so it makes sense for them to capitalize on it by broadcasting it in cinemas too.