The UFC will return to Montreal, Canada on April 18th as Anderson Silva defends his middleweight title against Thales Leites in the evening’s main event.
The event will be the promotion’s second-ever in Canada following the extremely successful UFC 83, which took place this past April and featured Georges St-Pierre vs. Matt Serra. 21,390 fans packed the Bell Centre in downtown Montreal, generating a $5.1 million live gate.
Among the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, Silva (23-4) is undefeated inside the octagon, winning a record-tying eight-straight bouts in the UFC. “The Spider” recently ventured up to the 205-pound light heavyweight division, knocking out James Irvin in one-minute in July before dropping back to 185-pounds to successfully defend his title over Patrick Cote in October.
A fellow Brazilian, Leites has won five-straight in the UFC and 13 of 14 professional fights. Leites followed up a controversial victory over Nate Marquardt with a first-round submission of Drew McFedries in October.