Five Canadian Cities To Host UFC Events In 2014
Posted by Joseph Lee on 01.29.2014
Including Toronto and Montreal...
MMA Junkie reports that the UFC will visit five Canadian cities in 2014, including Quebec City (Quebec), Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax (Nova Scotia) and Montreal.
UFC executive Tom Wright (joined by Canadian UFC fighters Patrick Cote, Sarah Kaufman, Sam Stout and TJ Grant, along with Alex Garcia) made the announcement at a news conference Monday in Quebec City, the first city to host this year. It will be home to The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale at the Colisee Pepsi on April 16. Vancouver's Rogers Arena is next with UFC 174 on June 14. They will then hold UFC 178 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto on September 27. That's followed by a "Fight Night" card on October 4 at the Halifax Metro Center in Halifax and then UFC 181 at Montreal's Bell Center on December 6.
Along with the new shows, a fight was announced between Sam Stout and KJ Noons for the TUF Nations Finale show in April. A fight between TUF Nations coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke was made official for the same card.
This will be the UFC's first trip to Halifax and Quebec City, third trip to Vancouver, fifth to Toronto and seventh for Montreal. Before this year, UFC has held 14 events in Canada. 12 for the Vancouver/Toronto/Montreal and two others in Calgary and Winnipeg.
Wright also announced a new program called "UFC Experience", which will take fighters to areas of the country that can't host a live event.
He said: "We'll also be taking the UFC into four other communities with UFC Experience, which is all about taking our athletes and brand and message into communities that most likely will never host a UFC event. (We'll visit) British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario. By the end of the year, we'll have been in six of Canada's 10 provinces and truly have had an opportunity to bring our sport to as many locations as possible."
No fights for UFC 174, UFC 178, the "Fight Night" card in Halifax or UFC 181 were announced.