UFC 216 will be held in Edmonton on Saturday Sept. 9, the anniversary of the opening of Rogers Place. Oilers Entertainment Group boss Bob Nicholson made the announcement Thursday.
“Edmonton is a great sports city and what we’ve been able to accomplish, and the energy and excitement we’ve been able to bring to Rogers Place is truly remarkable,” Nicholson said in a news release. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our one year anniversary and say thank you to fans in Edmonton and across Western Canada than by bringing a championship UFC fight to Rogers Place.”
“We’re really happy that it’s a pay-per-view event here on a Saturday night,” Pat Reid the executive director of the Edmonton combative sports commission said. “That usually means you’re going to have a couple of title fights.
”The economic spin off in terms of hotels and meals and travel and so on of people who will travel here, because the event will definitely sell out, is significant for the city.”
Reid said a sellout should happen within a matter of hours if the Toronto event is any indication.
“I went to that event. It sold out instantly at 55,000 people. They could have sold even more tickets. Vancouver as well has done extremely well and Montreal. It just depends on the fight card. There’s a number of Canadians that we’d like to see on the card, a couple of local fighters so that would make it even more attractive.”
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Ticket and card information will be released at a later date, however fans can preregister for ticket info.
“We are thrilled to hold our first pay-per-view event in Edmonton,” Joe Carr, UFC Senior Vice President, Head of International and Content said in a release. “Fans have long been asking us to bring the Octagon® back to Alberta, and we can’t wait to deliver a blockbuster event at state-of-the-art Rogers Place this September.”
Edmonton’s first fighter to make it to the U-F-C says he wasn’t surprised to hear that we’ll be hosting an event.
Victor Valimaki, who’s been fighting for 16 years, told Global News that he expects UFC 216 to sellout very fast.
“I’m betting in one day,” Valimaki said. “If Toronto can sellout in a day, which is a bigger venue, I think Edmonton can sellout even quicker.”
Valimaki also said he hopes some familiar faces will be on the card.
“I’m pulling for Georges St-Pierre versus (Micheal) Bisping. I know the timeline is right, I think is might happen. They said they want to save them for Vegas, but I can see the GSP fight, which would be massive for Canada.”
There’s been no announcement on who will be fighting in UFC 216.
Edmonton is the 10th Canadian city to host a UFC card and the second this year.
With files from Kyle Morris