UFC will visit Canada three times in 2012, as the promotion
announced at a press conference on Wednesday that events will be
held in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal in the coming months.
The Las Vegas-based promotion will make its inaugural visit to
Calgary with UFC 149
on July 21, which will be headlined by a Jose Aldo
featherweight title defense, according to UFC President Dana White.
The event is expected to take place at the Scotiabank
Following its trip to Alberta, the promotion will return to Ontario
and Quebec this fall, as it holds UFC 152 and 154 in Toronto and
Montreal on Sept. 22 and Nov. 17, respectively. All three Canadian
events will be pay-per-view cards, said Tom Wright, the UFC
director of Canadian operations. White also revealed that the trio
of Canadian cities will become regular destinations for the UFC for
the next two years.
Aldo’s next opponent is not known at this time. Though White
admitted that several bouts are in the works for the card, the
matchups were not revealed.
Widely regarded as one of the sport’s top pound-for-pound talents,
Aldo has not lost since 2005. Riding a 14-fight winning streak
heading into the fourth defense of his UFC belt, “Scarface” bested
Hominick and Kenny
Florian in 2011 to retain his title. Most recently, the Nova
Uniao product knocked out Chad Mendes
in front of a partisan Brazilian crowd at UFC
142 on Jan. 14, finishing the powerful wrestler via knockout
with only one second remaining in the first round.