UFC director of operations Tom Wright has stated that the UFC will in fact return to Canada two more times this year. “We’ll do Vancouver on June 11 and then most likely we’ll be back in Montreal on December 10,” Wright said on the podcast of RingSideReport. The UFC recently shattered their attendance record [$12,075,000 gate] with UFC 129: St-Pierre vs Shields in Ontario, Canada, along with a 800,000-900,000 buyrate, so it’s no surprise that the UFC is frequenting up north more often.
The possible announcement that most MMA fans are asking for is the champion vs champion match-up between Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz and UFC champ Georges St-Pierre which may very well be suitable for the venue. When Wright was asked about the possibility of the dream match he said: “Well I’ve heard about the Nick Diaz-GSP fight but it is too early (to tell),” . It may well indeed be to early, but it has been stated by UFC president Dana White that the match-up is something they would like to do. The only issue is working with their new partners Showtime to get the Strikeforce champ to compete in the UFC.
Though the UFC 140 event is still not finalized Wright states why it is the targeted location that will likely host the event. “We know how important this market is to us and putting on great fights,” Wright said. “It’s a great venue (Bell Centre), it’s a great fan-base, it’s a great environment. The energy in that building is as good as any building in North America. We’ll always have a soft spot for Montreal.” The Bell Centre venue has housed such battles as St-Pierre vs Koscheck 2, Machida vs Shogun 2, Silva vs Leites, and St-Pierre vs Serra in the past. Could it be the perfect battle ground for the two champions to face-off?