As announced by the UFC on Wednesday, the promotion will hold 5 fight cards in Canada in 2014. Plans to hold events in Quebec City, Halifax, Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal are in the works.
Additioinally, the UFC Experience will make its way to four smaller communities with its UFC Community Works program. Currently, Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan are expected to be the host cities for interactive fan events.
“Last year was a banner year for the UFC but Canada is set to break new ground in 2014 as we’re literally going from coast to coast with events stretching between Nova Scotia and British Columbia,” Tom Wright, UFC Managing Director, Canada, Australia and New Zealand said. “After hosting 14 events through our first six years since coming to Canada, we’re excited to bring our fans five live UFC events north of the border in 2014.”
On April 16 the TUF Nations finale will take place from Quebec City’s Colisée Pepsi. The welterweight and middleweight final for TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia will clash at the event. And TUF Nations coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke will finally collide as well. The finale will air on Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports in Canada.
Additionally, two more fights were confirmed for the card. First, Ontario’s Mitch Gagnon (10-2) squares off against Tim Gorman (8-2). Gagnon is the winner of two straight in the Octagon. He recently submitted Walel Watson and Dustin Kimura in the first round of action.
Gorman will make his promotional debut after an injury forced the bantamweight to relinquish his spot on The Ultimate Fighter 18. Six of Gorman’s 8 wins have come by way of (T)KO. He is currently riding a 3-fight win streak.
Also, London, Ontario’s Sam Stout (21-9-1) will take on KJ Noons (12-7) at the finale. Stout has alternated between the win-loss column since 2011. His last fight was a decision in his favor over Cody McKenzie. Noons is 1-1 in the UFC with a win over George Sotiropoulos and a loss to Donald Cerrone.
Tickets for the finale go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m. through billetech.com. UFC® Fight Club™ members will have early access to tickets on Wednesday, February 26 at 10 a.m. EST via the website ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will also be available to UFC newsletter subscribers on Thursday, February 27, starting at 10 a.m. EST. Tickets prices and fight card updates will be provided in the coming weeks.
The other events announced for Canada include the UFC’s third trip to Vancouver. UFC 174 is slated for the Rogers Arena on June 14. On September 27, UFC 178 is planned for Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. A UFC Fight Night is expected to take place at the Halifax Metro Centre on Saturday, October 4, and on December 6 the promotion will head to Montreal with UFC 181 at the Bell Centre.
Check UFC.com to read more about the UFC’s plans for Canada.