Winnipeg’s Bell MTS To Host FOX UFC Fight Night in December 2017
UFC Returns to Winnipeg’s Bell MTS Place
Winnipeg finally gets a UFC event after four long years. The last event, UFC 161, featured the welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, fighting on the prelims. It was a lukewarm offering thanks to many issues that prevented plenty of the big name fighters from competing.
This year promises a different plan as the UFC has undergone drastic changes. No fighters have been officially linked to the card but there is plenty of Canadian talent ready to go.
The UFC announced its fourth-quarter schedule and Winnipeg was part of the nine cities spanning six countries and the only one from Canada. It becomes just the third city in Canada this year to host a UFC event following Halifax in February and Edmonton in September. Eleven other events were announced from Oct. 7 to Dec. 30. As far as fights are concerned, none have been announced although there is a good chance for a title fight or at least a marquee matchup.
Potential Canadian Fighters on Card
Georges St-Pierre is out of the question. The UFC is lacking in terms of Canadian fighters with name recognition although the promotion currently has 21 Canadians signed to the roster and could add more leaving a good chance this Fight Night card has a lot of Canadian fighters and it might start with Jeremy Kennedy. The undefeated fighter from British Columbia is coming off a win earlier this year and called out former lightweight title contender Gray Maynard.
This is his chance to have a spot on the main card.
The Ultimate Fighter winner Elias Theodorou is another solid option to helm one of the main card spots. The Torontonian is a popular fighter on social media and was once a ranked fighter. He is coming off a tough loss but can bounce back with a home nation win.
Alexis Davis was a former title challenger and scored a solid victory earlier this year as well. She’s also the top-ranked Canadian fighter available and has already fought in the previous Winnipeg card.
Randa Markos has alternated wins and losses with the promotion but remains a popular and exciting fighter due to her aggressive style. Another Canadian who brings it is Steve Bosse.
The former hockey enforcer has a fan-friendly style and could steal the show. And as far as potential newcomers, Hakeem Dawodu is a strong contender. The 145er is ranked second in FloCombat’s prospect rankings and is unbeaten with six of his seven victories coming via T/KO. His most recent win is off of UFC veteran Steven Siler.
Canadians Betting on UFC/MMA
Betting is legal in Canada but the government-controlled lotteries offer poor returns and stack the odds. That’s simply not a wise or fun investment for fans who worked hard for their cash. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives from online sportsbooks, which offer better odds and a signup bonus for new players. The UFC holds up to four events in Canada annually and with the return of GSP, the UFC will be even more popular among Canadian sports fans.
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