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Canada in April?

So sayeth Jason MacDonald:

I was told last week that my next fight will be in April. Joe Silva (the UFC matchmaker) told me they want to save me for the April card in Montreal.

I don’t know the date or an opponent or even if it will for sure be in Montreal. But he said he needed me on the Canadian card.

I swear to God, if the UFC goes to Alberta before it comes to Montreal, I’m gonna have a shit fit. I’m pretty amazed though that the UFC is trying to push things through for April, right when the NHL playoffs start. Simply put, if the Montreal Canadiens are in the playoffs , then the UFC is gonna be hard pressed to make any kind of splash when they roll into town. Yes, we love MMA here in Montreal. But we’re still stereotypical Canadians so hockey comes first.

At any other time of the year, the UFC coming to Montreal would be top news in the sports section. With playoffs going on, they’ll be lucky to make page 2. I’m not saying they’ll have difficulty selling out the Bell Centre. But if Montreal’s team is still in the running, the UFC will have a hard time creating any real hype next to the juggernaut that is Canadian hockey fever.

Regardless, the sooner the better and the second things look official for Montreal, we’re gonna start planning some serious parties.

  • CFan

    I don’t know about you, but I can drink two beer at once… I think Montreal is ready for the onslaught of testosterone bundled up in a UFC event AND the playoffs… speaking of which, what do you mean “if” the Habs make the playoffs? ;-)

  • Kris

    Hoping to come to the event…

  • fightlinker

    you know my place is gonna turn into a blogger hotel when this happens.

  • igorpunck

    Chances are, Montreal WILL make to play offs. I just hope Leafs will pull through as well.
    Oh wait, this is an MMA blog right?

  • Ryder

    You’re right FL……..if they try to compete with the Habs in the playoffs it would completely diminish the excitement around the card. I plan to head to Montreal for that event even if I can’t get tickets, but I’d be mighty pissed if all the bars were only showing the hockey game!

  • Ason

    So you’re from there FL?
    There is an English speaking contingent in that place?

    How exactly does all that shit work?

  • Robbie

    I hate you Fightlinker!!!! I want your heart because you’re such a fucking piece of shit asshole. You will feel my wrath! Fireball jutsu!!!!!!!!! I hope you burn until I jizz all over the wall and pierce their spine! Messenger submit a required.

  • Robbie

    Ason, I will find where you live and kill your mother and then go everywhere once people shit on the ceiling! Commentating paper ea sports!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rickards

    First off, the hockey game will probably be over before the UFC event starts [unless it goes into overtime]

    second, what makes you think montreal will even make the playoffs? :]

  • intenso

    I thought the world canceled hockey or some shit?

  • Thomas

    Montreal not too far from New York. Is Montreal near canada?

  • Matthew Watt

    This card has to be in alberta, because everyone knows my beloved Oilers won’t be in the playoffs then (Fuck Kevin Lowe).

    That being said Fightlinker, I would not surprise me to say the least if mma came to alberta before montreal. Yes, GSP is from Montreal, and Montreal is a kick-ass city compared to Edmonton, but if you go to and look at the number of PPV buys that occur in the western provinces (mainly BC and Alberta) and compare this to the ppv buys in Ontario and Quebec, it is crazy. Although quebec and ontario have about 17 million people compared to the 5-6 million that live in the western provinces, I would bet that the ppv buys out in the western provinces are 3 to 1 or 4 to 1 in favor of the western provinces. Pretty astronomical numbers if you ask me.

    Note: CanadastarBoxing numbers only look at PPV for bars and what not, but still, those numbers cannot be ignored.

  • The Gaijin

    @ #9 Rickards:

    I think you’d be pretty retarded to think they would have a hockey game and UFC event in the same building, on the same day. If they can’t run concerts and hockey games on the same day, they can’t run a UFC and hockey game either.

    The set ups required are most likely really different (i.e. having to takedown the boards, set up the octagon, reorganize seating, ushering hockey fans out and UFC fans in would be a complete nightmare etc.) Not to mention the fact that they need to run their pre-lims/dark matches to get cameras and lighting calibrated- and i don’t think you could logistically or efficiently pull it off.

  • fightlinker

    I think he was just talking about people watching. But Gaijin does make a point … the UFC normally takes over an arena for the whole weekend, setting up and doing weigh-ins etc in the building.

  • Josh Man

    Is there no other Canadian to put on the card. Fuck Jason MacDonald. Okami kicked my ass and I was powerless to stop it. Must be a boring fighter.

  • Audacity

    Other than MacDonald, you’ve got GSP, Sam Stout, Patrick Cote, Joe Doerksen, David Loiseau…um….Mark Hominick, Steve Vigneault.

  • winklepicker

    What’s hockey?

  • fightlinker

    It’s a ‘sport’ designed to suck as much money from canadians as possible.

  • kentyman

    It certainly does suck.

  • nem0

    Dude, if the UFC goes to Alberta, I am so there.