After postponing an event for March 21st in Montreal, the UFC is set to return to Canada for the first time in 2012. But this time, instead of making a return trip to Montreal, Vancouver, or Toronto, the organization will be making its debut in Calgary. The event, likely to be UFC 149, is expected to take place on July 21st at the Scotiabank Saddledome in downtown Calgary.
The Scotiabank Saddledome, home to the NHL’s Calgary Flames, has a seating capacity of just over 19,000. No fights have been announced for the event, but a few UFC fighters fight out of the province of Alberta, including Nick Ring and Jason MacDonald. Former UFC fighters including Jason Day and Tim Hague also hail from Alberta.
The UFC has held three events in Canada the last two years, and is expected to do so this year. The last UFC event to take place in Canada was UFC 140 last December, which took place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. A return to Toronto is expected in 2012, along with the postponed event from March in Montreal.