There's even redemption to be had for Canadian fighters on the undercard.
Following back-to-back decision losses to Rich Franklin and Mike Swick in 2006, David (The Crow) Loiseau was cut from the UFC roster.
After going 4-1 in his last five fights -- with his sole loss being a controversial decision to Jason (Dooms) Day -- Loiseau returns at UFC 97 against Ed (Short Fuse) Herman.
The Montreal native, known for his impressive kicks, razor-sharp elbows and being near-impossible to submit with a rear-naked choke, has the opportunity to show fans he's a different fighter than the man who had cold feet against Franklin.
At UFC 93, heralded middleweight Denis Kang made his long-awaited UFC debut against Alan (The Talent) Belcher. Things were going smoothly, with Kang overwhelming Belcher standing up and on the ground.
However, an ill-fated takedown attempt landed Kang directly into a guillotine choke.
In Montreal, Kang returns against Xavier (Professor X) Foupa-Pokam, a dangerous striker from Paris, France. An impressive win will get him back on track in the UFC middleweight division.
On The Ultimate Fighter 8 finale, Jason (The Athlete) MacDonald paid the price for turning his fight with Wilson Gouveia into a stand-up affair. (Click here for Canoe.ca's interview with Macdonald)
"What got me success in the UFC is being a clinch, ground and submission fighter," MacDonald said. "For a while I lost track of that. I was focusing too much on becoming a stand-up fighter, but that's not who I am."
This weekend he looks to get back in win column when takes on Nate (The Rock) Quarry.
Also on the show, Winnipeg native Krzysztof (The Polish Experiment) Soszynski debuts in the UFC against Brian (All American) Stann. Calgary's TJ Grant makes his first appearance in the octagon against PRIDE veteran Ryo (Piranha) Chonan. Hot off a submission win over Alvin (Kid) Robinson, Mark Bocek returns to the octagon against David Bielkheden. And Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout looks to end a two-fight losing skid against (Handsome) Matt Wiman.
Live coverage of UFC 97: Redemption begins Sat., April 18 at 8 p.m. EST.