The UFC will make “a major announcement” in Toronto on Tuesday, but sources say it won’t be the long-anticipated announcement of a card in Canada’s largest city — MMA is still banned in Ontario. So the guessing game has begun as to why the world’s biggest fight club has booked the Rogers Centre for a press conference with president Dana White and owner Lorenzo Fertitta. Our guesses are as follows:
1) The UFC will announce the next season of The Ultimate Fighter will feature a Canada vs. U.S.A. format. Georges St- Pierre and Josh Koscheck have already been announced as coaches. Would make sense.
2) The UFC will host a viewing party (likely for Vancouver’s UFC 115 on June 12) to be hosted by name fighters to show the Ontario government that MMA can draw a big Toronto crowd and to put pressure on the Ontario Athletic Commission to sanction the sport.
3) Like the UFC has done in England, it will open a Toronto office to handle events in Canada. With three cards down and the Vancouver show to come, this would make sense.
Fan Expo set for Boston
The UFC’s third Fan Expo is slated for UFC 118 in Boston in August. The card will feature a rematch for the lightweight title between Frankie Edgar and B.J. Penn, as well as Randy Couture taking on former boxer James Toney. The expo features fighter appearances, autograph and training sessions, as well as exhibitions by fight retailers, gaming and apparel and gear suppliers.