UFC president Dana White had a lot to announce at today’s UFC Canada conference. We will see the UFC not once but three times in their second home base of Canada in 2012. That includes July 21st in Calgary for UFC 149, Toronto on Sept. 22 for UFC 152, and Montreal on Nov. 17 for UFC 154.
Two of the events are already targeted to feature champions defending their titles as Jose Aldo will look to defend against an unknown challenger at this time (possibly winner of Sung vs. Poirier) at UFC 149. Even bigger news for the countrymen was the likely return for the native champion Georges St-Pierre. ‘Rush’ made an appearance via video conference at the conference to announce that he will be targeting a title defense in Montreal in November, should his rehab continue on schedule.
“The doctors said it’s the fastest recovering they’ve seen in an ACL injury,” said St-Pierre, with plans to resume training in July.
Should St-Pierre be ready to go, he will look to unify the current interim title against Carlos Condit. The two originally were set to face-off at UFC 143, but ACL surgery forced the champ into a long layoff. The event would be the return of a 18.5 month layoff from defeating Jake Shields at UFC 129 in April of 2011.