UFC Quebec City Press Conference Notes from January 29,2014

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UFC Logo ThumbnailToday, at a press conference in Quebec City, the UFC will formally announced their 2014 lineup of events for Canada.  Tom Wright and Patrick Cote spoke at the event.  You can watch it live HERE.

Here are press conference notes:


Tom Wright:

  • The UFC sets records wherever they go in Canada
  • They will come to the Colisee Pepsi in April 2014.
  • 5 fights in Canada in 2014

TUF Nations Finale – April 16 in Quebec City

  • TUF Nations Finale will be in Quebec City in April 16.
  • Sam Stout vs KJ Noons on TUF Finale
  • Mitch Gagnon vs Tim Gornan on TUF Finale
  • February 28 tickets will go on sale
  • February 26 Fight Club tickets will be on sale

UFC 174 – June 15 in Vancouver

  • Sarah Kaufman announces that the UFC will come back to BC for UFC 174
  • Kaufman discusses how great it is that the UFC has a Women’s division now.
  • Tom Wright says that he wants Kaufman on the card.

UFC 178 – September 27 in Toronto

  • Sam Stout talks about the legalization of MMA in Ontario and how great it is to fight in his home province.
  • Stout says he would like to see smaller shows in Ontario and would like to see the costs the commission imposes on shows to decrease.
  • Wright will be talking to Ontario government to try to make MMA more accessible at the grass roots.  The UFC is trying to improve the situation for local promotions.
  • Of 30 career fights, Stout has fought 15 times in Quebec.  Stout calls Quebec his “Home away from home.”  This will be his first time fighting in Quebec City.

UFC Fight Night – October 4 in Halifax

  • Live in Metro Centre in Halifax for UFC Fight Night on October 4
  • TJ Grant wants to be on the Halifax card.
  • Grant called 2013 an amazing year.  Got married, baby girl, and success in his fights.
  • Grant wants to get back at the UFC title.

UFC 181 – December 6 in Montreal

  • Alex Garcia talks about his first UFC win.
  • Garcia talks about coming from the Dominican Republic to Quebec and how Tristar treated him well.

UFC Experience

  • BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario cities will have the UFC Experience roadshow visit towns that will not get UFC events.
  • Regina, Kelowna, London, Lethbridge according the Star Phoenix‘s Dave Deibert.

 

23 Responses to “ UFC Quebec City Press Conference Notes from January 29,2014 ”

  1. Bobby Karimi says:

    UFC Experience Road Show LOL!

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  2. Great for Quebec City and Halifax. Too bad for Saskatchewan as I thought they were going to pop their UFC cherry.

    Really like that the UFC is talking to Ontario to try to make it easier to put on local shows.

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  3. Boxer says:

    No mention of Edmonton.
    Did Pat Reid really mess up that bad?
    Nice one Akin for hiring this guy. I wonder how much money this guy has cost Edmonton in lost revenue,law suits and inflated costs.

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  4. Fighter says:

    As a tax payer, in burns me everytime I hear that guys name.

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  5. Graham Weenk says:

    Our pro commission is moving forward at less than a snails pace. I’d be surprised to see any pro fights in Sask in 2014

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  6. Jamon says:

    Tom wright is an idiot, toronto and Montreal don’t sell out with jones and gsp yet they go back, people from Alberta constantly travel north America to watch but have been rewarded with 1 shitty card, surely to god they can work out the diffenrces with the ecc, and sell out rexall with Vegas prices in about 15 min, what a joke Halifax or Quebec city,

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  7. Dark Knight says:

    Every single show in Toronto and Montreal has sold out within minutes, probably because of the deep selection of hometown UFC fighters to choose from

    Maybe Alberta needs to work on improving the quality of mma athletes, so the UFC can use local talent for a possible future show

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  8. derek leblanc says:

    I am very happy to see Halifax get a show. Halifax has the crowd and tickets will not last long as plenty of people in atlantic Canada make the trip to Montreal and Toronto. I am afraid to say but I think it will be the only time it will come to Halifax because the commission here is terrible. I want to buy the ticket for when Hunert Earle meets Dana White. Earle likes to go around thinking he is king shit and run the show his way and I would love to see him tell Dana what to do

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  9. Josh Walker says:

    ha HAAA, that would be a hell of a thing to see! @ derek

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  10. Ryan D says:

    I’m happy for all the Canadian cities that are chosen I am just heart broken that once again Edmonton Canada’s mma hotspot gets snubbed.

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  11. Jamon says:

    Do your research toronto was far from sold out Montreal has been in decline, minutes, I could have brought floor seats to the jones card the week of

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  12. Jamon says:

    Maybes it’s the rest of Canada swallows what Dana gives then there dark knight

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  13. Jamon says:

    15000 jones vs Gus 5000 short of sellout, no buzz at all in Toronto

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  14. Dark Knight says:

    The only one making up false stats from what they heard or were told is you. Guess you didn’t see it with your own two eyes, so you don’t know anything for a fact

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  15. jamon says:

    Last 2 gsp. Fights were 2000 and 5000 short of building capacity in montreal, we will see when they have a half empty bell centre who’s right. All these numbers are available on the world wide web, ya heard of that troll?

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  16. IanHardie says:

    Hope some local talent in Halifax gets an undercard opportunity. Hoping Gavin Tucker is all healed up, Mike Mallot would also be awesome to see.

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  17. Dark Knight says:

    Why then does the UFC continue to come back to these markets? These numbers are widely available? Where’s the proof they exist. Too bad you can’t hide your jealously or tears. Join those ignorant small market fans who boo whether the fight is standing or on the ground. You can’t troll with facts, truth and logic

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  18. Robin Black says:

    Dark Knight read this article re: “where’s the proof they exist” and the Dunning-Kruger effect.

    http://thefederalist.com/2014/01/17/the-death-of-expertise/

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  19. Cody Rempel says:

    Yes very available… here are the results from a simple Google search for the last three Toronto events at the Air Canada Centre. The numbers are steadily declining… COME TO EDMONTON and we’ll sell out Rexall easily every time!

    UFC 140 – Toronto – 18,303 ($3.9 Million Gate)
    UFC 152 – Toronto – 16,800 ($1.9 Million Gate)
    UFC 165 – Toronto – 15,504 ($1.9 Million Gate)

    Sources:
    UFC 140 – http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-140-gate-and-attendance-solid-in-toronto
    UFC 152 – http://mmajunkie.com/2012/09/ufc-152-draws-a-reported-attendance-for-live-gate/
    UFC 165 – http://mmajunkie.com/2013/09/ufc-165-draws-reported-15504-attendance-for-1-9-million-live-gate/

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  20. Boxer says:

    Ask Pat Reid why the UFC isn’t coming to Edmonton.
    He’ll probably blame it on the former commission, Andy, promoters, the ABC, Dana White, everthing except himself.
    He would never admit to lying to the ABC about the pride rules, the pending lawsuits, name dropping everyone in the UFC that have no idea who he is, firing some of the best judges in the world, lying to everyone to cover his ass, sending gloves home with fighters. I’m sure there are lots of people out there that can add more to the list, lots more.
    And for the two losers that gave me thumbs down on the above post…..nice to see you reading this Pat and Dave…

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  21. jamon says:

    I think there makeing a mistake noe taking advantage of hot market places in alberta, and saskatoon both have a a 18-35 demo with a large about of disposable income, willing to pay higher then market prices for events, have a look at stubhub and look at ticket prices in the edmonton market for any soldout concert and you will see my point.

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  22. AMLECF says:

    You mention Saskatoon but the main issue with SK is that they won’t get their sh*t together and get a cohesive commission in place and the province won’t even see pro mma til the end of the year at best.

    Also too bad alberta got burned on another event

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  23. Jamon says:

    Has the UFC not done there own self commission before, I also say that tom wright should have had all these commish issues solved how long has he had this job? Too long

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