It’s no secret that Canada has quickly become one of the focal points of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s business strategy over the past few years.

The company has a base of operations in Canada, headed up by director Tom Wright.

It appears that the UFC intends to take things a step further in 2013, expanding the number of events North of the U.S. border and quite possibly launching a Canadian version of The Ultimate Fighter.

“We’re not that far away from announcing our full 2013 schedule,” Wright told Joe Ferraro recently on UFC Central Radio on Sportsnet 590 in Toronto. “I can tell you that there’s going to be at least four events in Canada.

Wright verified that two of the events will be in Montreal and Toronto, which is no surprise, as the two cities have previously been announced as being tent pole locations for the UFC for the next couple of years.

Although the UFC has also operated in both Vancouver and Calgary for past events, don’t be surprised if there are a couple unexpected cities on the docket for 2013.

“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,” revealed Wright. “So a total of five events in Canada for 2014.”

Canadian fans across the country have been clamoring for the UFC to come to their various hometowns for some time. It looks like there will be at least a few that get their wish.

Wright also indicated that one of the events could be a TUF Canada Finale, which wouldn’t be too surprisingly.

Every time he’s been asked recently about TUF’s international expansion, UFC president Dana White has mentioned India and Canada as the two regions that will next open up to the franchise.

As the U.S. seems to be leveling off, the UFC appears to be amping up its efforts globally, and it looks like Canada is going to be a major benefactor.

Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com for all of your UFC news and updates.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Champ Jedrzejczyk, Gadelha announced as 'TUF 23' coaches, rematch on July 8

  • 27 days ago
  • 12 views

For just the second time in the history of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series female coaches will take the helm for two teams of up-and-coming fighters.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha Confirmed as TUF 23 Coaches, Will Fight at Finale

  • 27 days ago
  • 6 views

The twenty-third season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha as coaches. read news >>

Ronda Rousey Comments on Holly Holm Rematch and Discussions over Next Fight

  • 26 days ago
  • 29 views

Ronda Rousey has denied rumours she is planning to retire from MMA and insisted she will fight Holly Holm again in 2016. The former UFC women's bantamweight champion lost her title and her unbeaten r read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha Tapped as 'TUF 23' Coaches, Fight July 8

  • 26 days ago
  • 5 views

The rematch is set. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha will happen, but everyone will have to wait a little bit before watching it go down. The two elite strawweights will coach the upcoming seas read news >>

Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha Tapped as 'TUF 23' Coaches, Fight July 8

  • 26 days ago
  • 1 views

The rematch is set. Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha will happen, but everyone will have to wait a little bit before watching it go down. The two elite strawweights will coach the upcoming seas read news >>

Ronda Rousey Comments on Holly Holm Rematch and Discussions over Next Fight

  • 26 days ago
  • 9 views

Ronda Rousey has denied rumours she is planning to retire from MMA and insisted she will fight Holly Holm again in 2016. The former UFC women's bantamweight champion lost her title and her unbeaten r read news >>

TUF LATAM 3 to be Filmed in Argentina

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

For the first time in its history, UFC®, the leading organization of mixed martial arts, will produce content in Argentina. Televisa and Mandarina TV, a local TV production company, will be responsib read news >>

'TUF: Latin America 3' to film in Argentina; tryouts open to male, female fighters

  • 24 days ago
  • 6 views

For the first time in company history, the UFC is heading to Argentina to produce TV programming.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

'TUF: Brazil 1' winner Cezar 'Mutante' Ferreira moves to Florida's MMA Masters team

  • 19 days ago
  • 8 views

After a disappointing 1-3 stretch in his past four UFC appearances, Brazilian striker Cezar Ferreira is relocating from the Blackzilians to fellow Florida-based camp MMA Masters.Filed under: News, UF read news >>

Ex-UFC champ Jon Jones planning 3 more bouts at 205: Cormier, Johnson, Gustafsson

  • 12 days ago
  • 164 views

If former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones sticks to his plan, he’s likely got three more fights at 205 pounds – and two will be rematches.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, V read news >>