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Tom Wright: UFC to Hold Four Canadian Shows in 2013

With Brazil wresting the crown from Canada as the new Mecca of MMA, the UFC is opting to refocus on elephantine market is “The Great White North” over the next two years. UFC Director of Canadian Operations confirmed today that the promotion plans at least four shows in Canada next year.

(Via Sportsnet)

“We’re not that far away from announcing our full 2013 schedule,” Wright told (Showdown) Joe Ferraro on UFC Central Radio on Sportsnet 590 The Fan late Thursday. “I can tell you that there’s going to be at least four events in Canada and you know that two of them are going to be in Montreal and Toronto because we’ve announced those two cities as annual tentpole locations for the UFC in 2013 and 2014. … There’s going to be at least two cities that may surprise a few people when we come out with our schedule and right now we’re looking at an additional three, so a total of five events in Canada, for 2014.”

Wright has spearheaded the campaign to have MMA legalized in more areas of Canada,  which will be put to a vote in the House of Commons next week and is expected to pass. While the UFC has visited Canada three times this year, a fourth showing would put more emphasis on Canada as a major market for the promotion, there is even talk of a TUF: Canada to continue with the show’s international expansion.

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