With just four days remaining until the UFC showcases its biggest superstar in front of his hometown of Montreal, company president Dana White announced Tuesday UFC 131 will take place inside the Rogers Centre in Toronto.
The April 30th, 2011 event will mark the third Canadian city to host an Octagon show. Montreal and Vancouver are the other two.
Thankfully for our hockey-loving neighbors, Toronto finally regulated mixed martial arts back in August, blasting open the doors for the world’s premier MMA promotion.
The Rogers Centre – formerly known as the SkyDome – holds upwards of 50,000 fans for baseball games. Although, more than 68,000 professional wrestling enthusiasts packed the arena for Wrestlemania X8 in March 2002.
Even if the UFC could sell that many seats in its Toronto debut, White has remained adamant over not hosting shows of that capacity. The promoter prefers to keep an intimate setting so ticket payers can enjoy the complete “UFC experience.”
UFC 131 will also feature a two-day UFC Fan Expo at the Direct Energy Centre from April 29th-30th.
No bouts were announced for the fight card, however White claimed the roster would be “massive.” Company golden boy and Canadian-born Georges St-Pierre is always in the running to headline an event north of the border.
Speaking of GSP, the baddest welterweight on the earth puts his title on the line at UFC 124. White claimed this Saturday’s rematch with Josh Koscheck will break North American gate and attendance records.