UFC slaps Toronto in the face

UFC boss Dana White moved a scheduled event for Sept. 27 in Toronto to Las Vegas. (Mathieu...

UFC boss Dana White moved a scheduled event for Sept. 27 in Toronto to Las Vegas. (Mathieu Boulay/QMI Agency/Files)

STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:29 PM ET

TORONTO - You have to wonder what UFC president Dana White was thinking when he put his loyal Toronto fan base in the promotional equivalent of a rear-naked choke hold.

Rear-naked because many of them felt blindsided by White’s announcement last week that he was moving UFC 178, scheduled for Sept. 27 at the Air Canada Centre, from Toronto to Las Vegas.

White is tap-dancing about the move these days, insisting that UFC 178, which will feature a light heavyweight title bout between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, was never written in stone for Toronto and switching the card was strictly a business decision.

“Let’s just say Vegas made a lot of sense,” White told The Canadian Press. “When you have big fights, there are some cities that want big fights worse than other cities do. And I’m not saying that’s the case with Toronto, but Vegas really wanted this fight.”


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