During Wednesday’s “special” press conference in Quebec City, the UFC announced they will be taking their talents to Canada five times in 2014.
“Last year was a banner year for the UFC but Canada is set to break new ground in 2014 as we’re literally going from coast to coast with events stretching between Nova Scotia and British Columbia,” said Tom Wright, UFC Managing Director, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. “After hosting 14 events through our first six years since coming to Canada, we’re excited to bring our fans five live UFC events north of the border in 2014.”
The Octagon will make its north of the border debut in the new year on April 16 for “The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale.” Three scraps were confirmed for the event, TUF Nations coaches Patrick Cote (pictured) vs. Kyle Noke, Sam Stout vs. KJ Noons and Tim Gordon vs. Mitch Gagnon.
Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City serves as host.
UFC 174 will go down June 14 inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Bantamweight Sarah Kaufman announced that show, so it’s highly likely she’ll perform in the event.
Toronto’s Air Canada Centre will hold UFC 178 on September 27.
The Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia gets a UFC Fight Night card on October 4th.
The organization’s 2014 finale in Canada will be UFC 181 on December 6 at Montreal’s Bell Centre.
The UFC has ventured to Canada just three times in each of the last two years. Clearly, the promotion is looking to reestablish itself in Canada now that former welterweight king Georges St-Pierre, the country’s most beloved mixed martial artist and the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view draw, has taken an indefinite leave from MMA.