During the post-event press conference for UFC Vegas 70 last Saturday, UFC President Dana White revealed plans for a return to Canada in 2023.
The announcement was made following the welterweight bout between Canadians Mike Malott and Yohan Lainesse, which ended with Malott (9-1) submitting Lainesse (9-2) via an arm triangle choke in the first round. Additionally, Canadian fighter Jasmine Jasudavicius won a unanimous decision over Gabriella Fernandes, bringing her record to 8-2.
“Yes, yes, yes, and yes, White said. “Obviously, it’s huge to have rising stars that are Canadian and guys that are actually legit and can really fight. And there’s no doubt both of those guys that fought tonight are. Malott looked incredible. And yes, we’re working on getting back to Canada ASAP. This is going to be the year that you know- the whole COVID thing, it’s gonna take us a few years to get back and hit every place that we need to hit. But the great part of it is that all these places are chomping at the bit to get a UFC event back there. Canada is and always has been a very important market to us. So we’re working on it. Yeah, we’ll be there soon.”
"Canada is and always has been a very important market to us."— Cageside Press (@Cagesidepress) February 26, 2023
Following #UFCVegas70 Dana White says the promotion is working on Canadian return, will be there "soon." @Michael_Malott @JasJasudavicius
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Ever since Justin Gaethje’s unforgettable fight with Donald Cerrone at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena in 2019, the UFC has not made a return to Canada.