Fans in Canada got a treat this week when the UFC revealed plans to put on three shows in the country over the next nine months as well as an additional trio of events in 2013. Specifically, the cities receiving a double-dose of MMA love in the coming years will be Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.
Though the UFC is still putting the lineup together for UFC 149, a July 21 card in Calgary, it was revealed Jose Aldo will defend his title at the event in a headlining bout against a yet-to-be-revealed opponent.
Also interesting, UFC President Dana White stated he’d hoped to book a rematch between Mauricio Rua-Dan Henderson but that “Hendo” had declined, standing firm on his desire to capitalize on the title-shot he earned by winning the first time around. The two iconic light heavyweights battled it out in November, turning in perhaps the best fight of 2011 in the process.
UFC 152 will take place in Toronto on September 22 with UFC 154 in Montreal on November 14. It was also mentioned that welterweight title-holder Georges St. Pierre’s unification bout with interim champion Carlos Condit will tentatively take place at the latter show if GSP’s recovery from knee surgery progresses as expected.
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