On Tuesday afternoon, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta confirmed with ESPN.com the Octagon will make its second appearance in Toronto, Canada on December 10th. UFC 140 will take place inside the Air Canada Centre, home of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors.
The company’s quick return to Toronto shouldn’t come as a surprise. “UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields” was held inside the Rogers Centre this past April in front of the largest mixed martial arts crowd in North American history.
According to reports, 55,724 crazed Canadians packed the arena to watch welterweight king Georges St-Pierre beat Jake Shields in the card’s featured attraction. The UFC garnered a live gate of $12.1 million that night.
Yes, you did read that correctly.
Prior to their Toronto debut, St-Pierre and Josh Koscheck set the North American attendance record at UFC 124 last December. A reported 23,152 screaming GSP fanboys packed the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada that evening.
UFC 83 in April 2009 took place inside the Bell Centre, as well. That card also featured you know who and was the Octagon’s previous attendance record holder with 21,451 prior to UFC 124.
The Air Canada Centre is configured to seat approximately 20,000 people. No word on which athletes will compete in the event.