Dos Santos vs. Velasquez II, Penn vs. MacDonald Expected to Headline UFC 152 in Toronto

June 9, 2012
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UFC 152 in Toronto just got a lot more interesting.

The event currently planned for Sept. 22 in Canada was announced several months ago, but now it appears the UFC has targeted a main and a co-main event for the show.

UFC president Dana White confirmed following UFC on FX 3 that the promotion is hoping to lead the card with the heavyweight title rematch between champion Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.

While nothing is a done deal at this point, White stated they are hopeful to have the heavyweight title fight head to Toronto in September.

The last time dos Santos and Velasquez met was in November 2011 with dos Santos coming out on top by knockout at just over one minute into the first round. Since that time, dos Santos defended his title against Frank Mir at UFC 146, while Velasquez came back strong from the defeat and put away former Strikeforce fighter Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.

In addition to the heavyweights leading the way, the co-main event will feature the return of a future UFC Hall of Famer against one of Canada’s youngest and brightest rising stars.

Following a call out by Rory MacDonald just days ago, former lightweight and welterweight champion B.J. Penn accepted the challenge, and now it looks like the UFC is on board as well.

“Yeah, we’re going to do it,” White said about Penn vs. MacDonald. “Joe (Silva) is calling B.J. and his crew tonight to make sure that was the case, and then that fight’s going to happen.

“It will happen on the Toronto card, probably be the co-main event.”

It will be Penn’s first fight back since announcing his retirement following a loss to Nick Diaz at UFC 137 last year.

Look for UFC officials to make official announcements about the card in the coming weeks.

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  • MikeMc1983

    After the event we will get to hear the UFC talk about how great the Canadian fan base is. That’s their m.o. They book a semi-mega card and act as if it wouldn’t do great numbers anywhere.
    (I had just read the article on Dana not likening the Florida turn out. )
    They had real world unknowns fighting at the jr. High school cheerleader weight class, and he had the gumption to act as if the gate numbers were a bust. The UFC should be happy that they sold a single ticket to anyone not related to the fighters on the card.
    If they did the last event in so. Cal I’d boycott it because I don’t believe in exploiting children.

    • I agree with your comment on the Florida card.

      But are you implying that the Canadian fan base is not as good as the UFC claims?

      Because if you are then you don’t know what you’re talking about.
      Regional MMA shows sell out here in no time.
      Put MMA on a poster and the tickets fly out of the box office.

  • No doubt in my mind Cain is taking this one, he is the best well rounded fighter in the heavy weight division, JDS obviously got a lucky punch, im so pumped for this rematch, so all you Cain haters can shut your mouths…. Mark my words…. And the new heavyweight champion of the world Cain velasquez

  • grendel

    Oh yay we get to see the overhyped cain brown pridevascrap get kod again…there were other choices than him smh heavweight division must be shallow again.

  • phrankthetank

    Yup, definitely attending that one.

  • D-rail

    Perhaps grendelickmytaint can share with all of us who she thinks is next in line should be for the heavyweight title…. MEH, “NO ONE CARES” So U and ur brother hansel can go F-yourselves.

    • grendel

      Aww I hurt yer feelings lil boy I’m sorry I have my own opinion…nelson werdum. Hunt and the nelson werdum both lasted longer than yer boyfriend so take yer anger elsewhere because cain wouldn’t take up for you …have a nice day and try not to pop a blood vessel rubbing one out to cains fights

  • kennypowers

    Yup my thoughts exactly, fukk all those Cain haters! JDS is goin down! He won’t get a lucky punch like he did against Cain when he KOd him, or Mir when he KOd him, or Werdum when he KOd him, or Gonzaga when he KOd him, or Yvel when he KOd him, or Struve when he KOd him, or Cro Cop when he broke his eye socket, or Carwin when he destroyed his face, or Big Country when he dropped him 10 times! Damn, I hate how JDS gets so many lucky punches, it’s like he trains for it or something?

    • GiovanniB

      LOL Well said Kenny! JDS must be the luckiest SOB alive to get so many lucky punches that basically have knocked out almost every opponent or put a clinic on others. Nothing against Cain but he doesn’t stand a chance against JDS. JDS’s got his number already. I don’t care how good of a wrestler Cain is JDS has great take down defense; not only that, but he also has dynamite in both his fists! Look at his fights, it looks like he just paws his opponents and they drop like swatted flies to the ground! After this coming loss Cain is going to have to consider a move to Light Heavy or else go fight at another promotion…LOL…Down he goes to celebrate Sinko de Mayo…Here’s a good background on that lame Mexican holiday:

      Most people don’t know that back in 1912, Hellmann’s mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York. This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost. The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise, and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day. The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known, of course, as “Sinko de Mayo.”

      • kennypowers

        Bahahahahahahaahahhaha, I actually do like Cain as a fighter, and I’m not racist towards mexicans but that might be the funniest thing I ever read. Wow.

  • jasondecipher

    You guys are delusional (you know who you are) these are the best heavyweights in the world this fight had to happen. Wait (unless an injury happens) then talk s#!T sorry for being slight pessimistic but atleast I’m not pessimistic & delusional like you clowns. Wait then watch then post/TALK/BLOG or be silenced

  • The problem is that JDS is a terrible match-up for Brown Pride: Cain is an high-level wrestler with an outstading gnp more than a great striking, he can’t compete with JDS boxing abilities and I feel also he can’t beat JDS on grappling cauz the brasilian I think has a far better BJJ … same for Cormier, maybe Overeem is a bad opponent for JDS if his striking is so great.

    I don’t know, but it seems that the young Rory smells meat with BJ, like this last one is out of his prime and could be a good win for RMD to climb the charts.

  • Towers66

    Junior will win this fight. His boxing is second to none. He is able to stop a takedown from a mid level wrestler with ease. Albeit Cain is a top level wrestler but he will probably not fare well against a Nogueira trained BJJ black belt if he does get it to the ground. Cain’s ground control is amazing but I think he’ll get sucked into standing and banging with…..well, the best boxer in all of MMA(Nick is #2 :P). I like both fighters very much but I see JDS picking Cain apart for all 5 rounds. I doubt this fight will come to a stoppage. Just my opinion. I’m not a Cain hater or JDS lover. 🙂

  • Towers66

    I’ll follow that up with this: I would love to see Cain pull another street fighter, crazy, brawler gang beating on JDS like he did to Big Foot. Because it is fun to watch a guy still utilize that old school ground and pound style(Tito you still are the man!). I also wouldn’t mind seeing another quick KO via Junior’s fists. Either way it should be a fun fight to watch. I will definitely be more than willing to shell out 50 bones for this fight.