If the UFC gets their wish their first visit to Montreal, Canada in 2011 will crush their previous attendance record.
Speaking yesterday at the UFC Fan Expo in London, England, UFC boss Lorenzo Fertitta spoke of exciting plans for an event in the region which only recently has been cleared to host MMA fights after a long, drawn out political battle.
“It looks like we’re going to try and do the Rogers Centre,” Fertitta said. “We looked at [the Air Canada Centre], too, but we want to break the record for attendance to MMA.
The Rogers Centre has a 60,000 seat capacity, and Fertitta believes they can fill a large percentage of that thanks to the Canadian’s passion for the sport.
“We’ll try to get about 40,000 to 50,000 people there,” he said, adding that they were targeting April of 2011 for the event.
To achieve that they’ll no doubt need to put on a particularly stacked event.
“We’re trying to figure out right now who is going to be on that card. We definitely want to put on a big show, and we’ll probably have a title shot on that card.”
Whether he still holds the title or not at that time it’s a certainty that national hero Georges St.Pierre will be on the card, but it’ll be interesting to see who else makes it onto what could turn out to be another historic night for the promotion, and the sport of mixed martial arts as a whole.