During the special UFC Canada press conference, the UFC’s Director of Operations Tom Wright announced five events in Canada for 2014.
The first was a trip to the Pepsi Collosseum in Quebec City on April 16th. TUF: Nations coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke will fight on this card in the finale of their season. Sam Stout will also fight KJ Noons on the card as well as a bout between Mitch Gagnon and Tim Gorman.
An event in Vancouver was next for June 14th. This will be a numbered event as UFC 174 hits the Rogers Arena. Sarah will fight on the card against an unannounced opponent.
The Air Canada Centre has been a popular home for Canadian events in the past and will host UFC 178 on September 27th. It will be almost a year since UFC 165, the last UFC event to take place at the same venue.
October 4th will mark the debut of the UFC in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the Metro Centre for a Fight Night card.
The final event was UFC 181 on December 6th at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.
The dais included Canadian fighters Patrick Cote, Sarah Kaufman, Sam Stout, TJ Grant, and Alex Garcia. No bout was announced for Grant but being a Halifax native, an appearance for him on the card would be ideal for both Grant and the UFC.
The UFC also announced a ‘UFC Experience’ program that will venture in to areas in Canada that may never play host to a UFC event. These locations are British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Wright stated that they will bring fighters and the UFC brand to these locations as he also works this week on restructuring the Canadian athletic commissions to give a better chance to smaller promotions who now face steep charges to hold events in Canadian provinces.
You can watch the entire UFC Canada press conference here.
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