The Ultimate Fighting Championship will make three trips to Canada in 2012, kicking off with UFC 149 on July 21 in Calgary.
UFC president Dana White and UFC-Canada executive Tom Wright announced during a press conference on Wednesday that the promotion would host their first event in Calgary at the 19,000-seat Scotiabank Saddledome — home to the NHL's Calgary Flames. Though no bouts were announced for the event, reigning featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his crown against a yet-unnamed opponent on the card.
Additionally, officials announced UFC 152 for September 22 in Toronto and UFC 154 on November 17 in Montreal. Though not confirmed, Georges St-Pierre is expected to face Carlos Condit in a welterweight title unification bout at the November event.
The UFC has previously hosted eight prior events in Canada: Montreal (four times), Vancouver (two times) and Toronto (two times). Last April's UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto set the North American attendance record for a live mixed martial arts event with 55,724 attendees for a $12,075,000 live gate. The event was headlined by a welterweight championship bout between reigning titleholder Georges St-Pierre and ex-Strikeforce champ Jake Shields.
(Pictured: Georges St-Pierre)
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Matt Manzella is the managing editor for CageReligion.com and host of Cage Religion Radio. Matt has been working in the television broadcasting industry for over seven years and is also a play-by-play commentator and judge for the Impact Fight League and Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting.
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