Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is putting Canada front and center for its 2014 international fight campaign, today (Jan. 29, 2014) announcing stops in five cities across the country, starting with The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): "Nations" live finale this April.
UFC Drector of Canadian Operations, Tom Wright, announced the line up during a special media press conference in Quebec City (watch the video here).
TUF Nations Finale: April 16, 2014 at Colisée Pepsi in Quebec City
UFC 174: June 14, 2014 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver
UFC 178: Sept. 27, 2014 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto
UFC Fight Night: Oct. 4, 2014 at Halifax Metro Centre in Nova Scotia
UFC 181: Dec. 6, 2014 at Bell Centre in Montreal
Have Octagon, will travel.
"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," said Wright during today's media event. "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."
UFC also has plans to visit four Canadian cities in 2014 to host the "UFC Experience," described as "interactive fan events" which include pay-per-view (PPV) viewing parties, as well as other fan-friendly activities later this summer. Locations are expected to include smaller cities in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
Sounds like a great time to be a Canadian mixed martial arts (MMA) fan.