MMA fans throughout Atlantic Canada have likely been thrilled to see Nova Scotia’s TJ Grant blast his way up the UFC lightweight rankings, and increasingly it looks like they’ll be able to celebrate a UFC card in Halifax as well.
At a press conference today in Toronto, Ontario, the Director of Operations for UFC Canada, Tom Wright, was asked if the promotion could be heading to Halifax anytime soon. Wright relayed that the city is “definitely on our radar” and that the chances of an event being held in the east coast city are “extremely good.” According to Wright, the promotion hopes to host an event in Halifax sometime in 2014 or 2015.
The ZUFFA exec also relayed that the UFC is interested in other Canadian markets like Quebec City, Saskatoon and Edmonton, as well as returning to cities like Calgary and Vancouver. The promotion already hosts annual events in Montreal and Toronto.
Grant resides in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, which is located right by Halifax. The 21-5 fighter will fight Benson Henderson at UFC 164 on August 31st. If you’re not up to speed on Canadian geography, Halifax is the biggest city in Atlantic Canada and has a population of around 400,000 people.
In a recent Q&A session, UFC President Dana White relayed that the promotion hopes to go to Edmonton next, in terms of entering a new Canadian market. The Albertan city, which is Canada’s fifth largest, hosted a WEC event in 2010.