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Toronto to Host UFC 131 and Fan Expo Weekend of April 30

(The Octagon will touch down for the first time in Toronto in April.)

During a press conference in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre today, UFC president Dana White announced that the promotion will make it’s first foray into Ontario when it hosts UFC 131 in the city on April 30 at the Rogers Centre.

Although no match-ups were revealed for the spring card, but White may have thrown out a clue about one possible participant of the event during the presser when he reiterated his statement that UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre is the most popular athlete to come out of Canada.

White also announced that the city will also be treated to a UFC Fan Expo that weekend and that the event will be held at the Direct Energy Centre. is in the process of planning a booth for the show to try to eclipse the popularity our extremely popular Boston UFC Fan Expo spot.

It’s no coincidence that a transparent "letter" written to White by Minister of Consumer Affairs John Gerretson, (the politician in charge of sanctioning the sport in Ontario) "leaked" to the media yesterday. In the letter, Gerretson stated that Ontario had finalized its MMA ruleset and would now begin taking applications from promotions wishing to hold events in the province and almost as though they knew of the announcement beforehand, the UFC, who just happened to be in town for a fighter signing appearance were able to throw together a last-minute press conference to announce that they have a Toronto date.

According to sources I spoke with, the Ontario Athletic Commission has yet to begin hiring or training commissioners or officials to regulate events and they are apparently in no hurry to do so as they are content with using the UFC-provided referees,  judges and ringside physicians. As such, the April event could very well be the only MMA event the province sees until at least the middle of 2011.

Baby steps.

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Jord- December 8, 2010 at 6:00 am
I'm from the Toronto area and am definitely interested in helping out the Potato if needed.
coldbeer78- December 7, 2010 at 4:30 pm
ReX13 Says:
Tue, 12/07/2010 - 10:58
Y'all got some work to do to top the Boston show, Toronto.

Does that mean we have to drink more than 3 beers followed by a gallon of water and 6 aspirin to top ya ?
agentsmith- December 7, 2010 at 12:36 pm
I forgot to mention I'm also strikingly handsome. And I can provide my own chair.
agentsmith- December 7, 2010 at 12:30 pm
As a Toronto resident and funny motherfucker, I hereby submit my application to "Rex13" the booth at the Expo.
Cock_Chestnar- December 7, 2010 at 11:09 am
Cant wait to be a part of this event, it will surely smash attendance records!
Get Off Me- December 7, 2010 at 11:07 am
Dana said the Rogers Center was too large a venue to host UFC last year.
This will set indoor attendance records for the UFC as naive fans line up to watch the ants fight live from the's a cash grab decision not to host at ACC.

What most who go to live events already know, unless you are paying $600 a seat, you are watching the big screens.
ReX13- December 7, 2010 at 10:58 am
Y'all got some work to do to top the Boston show, Toronto.  Better start working on your video submissions to join the CP team.
RwilsonR- December 7, 2010 at 10:45 am
In the picture above, when Commissioner Kizer shines the 'UFC' light in the sky, Dana White springs into action! He slides down a hidden pole in his mansion into his secret underground lair, where he slips into his modified jazzercise uniform and throws on his mask, and speeds away in his Ferarri to fight all the criminal elements of the internet who are illegally streaming UFC videos, and posting unauthorized nude pictures of his ring girls. Evil-doers, beware!
steampunk22- December 7, 2010 at 10:32 am
I may actually go to this.

MRuss, I'll buy you a drank.
LOKI- December 7, 2010 at 10:20 am
Ben can probably take Tiki and Arianny...probably.

Dana knows better than to strike a jew in front of witnesses.

Kongo on the other hand. Well just kick him in the dick FIRST and as soon as he is on his back you should be OK.
BryanF- December 7, 2010 at 10:02 am
New challenge for Ben:

Dana's gonna let BG fuck Arianny. But, the stipulation is that Cup Chieck Kongo gets to give him one of his patented contraceptive strikes to the groin first. Ben gets 5 minutes and 5 minutes only to both recover and make a man out of himself with Arianny.

Dana's tagline: "Do you wanna fucking fuck and Ultimate Fighter ring girl?"
Mr.ChandellaPowell- December 7, 2010 at 9:39 am
Maybe I'll get to meat my Chandella... err, I meant MEET.
Viva Hate- December 7, 2010 at 9:33 am
Man, I may have a make a trip to Canada so we can see if Dana is all talk or lives up to his promise of fucking Ben worse than he has ever been fucked.
Mike Russell- December 7, 2010 at 9:28 am
Great, FT, now Ben won't be going to the expo. Arianny, Dana, Tiki and Kongo will all be waiting for him.
Fried Taco- December 7, 2010 at 9:20 am
So Mike Russell will actually make an appearance at the booth? Unless you can get JayT before then.

Here's my idea: instead of using a punching bag machine, just let people (and Dana White, Arianny, and any fighters CP pissed off) punch the CP staff! We'll get some judges from the CSAC to decide who is the winner.
Jesus Frijoles- December 7, 2010 at 9:13 am
Now, lets try really hard not to piss off Dana or our booth will be out in the parking lot.