Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will hold a public press conference today (March 21, 2012) in advance of UFC 149 which will take place on July 21, 2012, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The press conference will begin at 2 p.m. ET and will take place at Flames Central in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Scheduled to attend will be the UFC President Dana White and director of Canadian operations Tom Wright.
We'll deliver the minute-by-minute updates from the UFC 149 press conference below, as well as feature the LIVE video feed so you can watch it right here at MMAmania.com.
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo is expected to headline this event, although his opponent is still to be determined. Aldo is coming off a tremendous first round knockout of the previously undefeated Chad Mendes this past January in a star-making performance at UFC 142 in his native Brazil.
We'll have all the updates from the UFC 149 press conference after the jump, as well as the LIVE video feed:
Brian Hemminger here. The press conference is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
2:05 p.m. - The press conference is under way.
Dana White: We're gonna host three events in Canada in 2012. The first will be in Calgary.
Jason MacDonald: I hope to retire after the Calgary show. This is special for me.
Mark Hominick: The UFC will be returning to Toronto on September 22nd this year. (Mark flubs his announcement a bit and Dana makes fun of him).
Georges St. Pierre: UFC will be in Montreal November 17 and they'll be there for the two following years.
Dana White: We'll be doing these three cities for the next two years.
Dana White: The headliner here will be Jose Aldo. He'll be defending his title here.
Dana White: I was working on a co-main event yesterday that would blow people away and we're gonna try to get it on this card. We always deliver great fights and we're gonna bring a great one to Calgary. I want to come here with a sick card and blow the doors off the arena.
Dana White: We're coming for the next two years and then we'll go from there.
Mark Hominick: I've got a task at hand at UFC 145 and I've got to get the job done. I'd love to fight at Calgary.
Georges St. Pierre: My rehab is going really well. The doctor says it is the fastest they've ever seen. I'm halfway through my rehab and I can't push too much. I have to wait the minimum amount of time that I'm allowed to start training again. I'll be training full out in July and hopefully I'll have a chance to fight in front of my Canadian fans in November.
Dana White: It's about 19-20,000 capacity.
Tom Wright: I expect to make an announcement about tickets in April.
Tom Wright: UFC 149, UFC 152 and UFC 154 are the Canadian events we're coming to and they'll all be pay-per-views.
Tom Wright: All our paperwork is in order and all the requirements to make sure this is sanctioned properly is in order.
Dana White: No Vancouver in the next two years.
Tom Wright: We have plans to make a presentation to the Vancouver city council in the next two weeks and get all things set in place so we can come back.
Dana White: I'll do Rogan's podcast. Whenever he's ready, I'm in. I'll do Lansberg today.