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A UFC Return to Canada Will Have to Wait

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It looks like the return of the UFC to Canada will have to wait. For Canadian fans, it seems like an eternity since the last pay-per-view way back in 2018 in Toronto where UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega took place.

More info was brought to light after TSN reporter Aaron Bronsteter asked the question to UFC president Dana White – a question every Canadian mixed martial arts fan has been itching to have cleared up: “When will the UFC return to Canada?” When hit with the question, White had a defeated look and you could simply feel the disappointment from the UFC president.

Dana White Loves Canada

Dana White emphasized his love for the country of Canada, but one can’t help to think that it would be such a headache for him and the company to even attempt to bring a fight card to the great white north at this time.

Unfortunately, despite life slowly getting back to normal post-COVID, it seems like the Canadian MMA market has become a casualty of sorts to the pandemic as the Canadian fans can only sit back and watch as London and Paris get stacked fight cards.

Hopefully, the Canadian fans are on deck for a fight card in the near future, but who knows, as only time will tell.

In total, the UFC has held thirty-one events in Canada across eight provinces and has even had a submission of the year taking place in Canada as Frank Mir made Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira submit for the very first time. In addition, how could anyone forget the hall of fame fight of the year, Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi’s classic clash from UFC 206 in 2016?

Which UFC event that took place on Canadian soil was the most memorable for you, fight fans? Let us know in the comments below.

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Justin Gibbons has had love for MMA and combat sports since UFC 40: Vendetta. To him, mixed martial arts is a true test of someone’s will and drive to be the best, inside and out of the cage. He knows as fans we are lucky to witness these athletes (amateur or pro) because we get to see the hard work and commitment, the drive, and the heart that goes into it. Justin feels he is lucky to be able to do his part by interacting with fans and by getting a chance to tell the fighters’ stories and let the world know who they are.