UFC 140 Penciled in For Montreal in December; GSP vs. Nick Diaz on Tap?

May 19, 2011

UFC champ Georges St-Pierre and Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz

UFC champ Georges St-Pierre and Strikeforce champ Nick Diaz

UFC Canada’s director of operations Tom Wright has long said that the promotion’s plans include at least three pay-per-view events per year in Canada. UFC 129 in Toronto was 2011’s first and UFC 131 in Vancouver will be the second.

Wright says that Dec. 10 is penciled in as a date for a return to the Bell Centre in Montreal for what would likely be dubbed UFC 140. He revealed the event in a recent interview with Ringside Report Radio in Montreal.

“We’ll do Vancouver on June 11 and then most likely we’ll be back in Montreal on Dec. 10,” Wright said.

Aside from being the UFC’s third pay-per-view event of the year in Canada, UFC 140 could be Montreal-based welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre’s third straight title defense on his home turf.

Wright alluded to the possibility that the fight fans have been clambering for since UFC parent company Zuffa acquired Strikeforce, GSP vs. Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz, could headline a return to the Bell Centre.

“Well, I’ve heard about the Nick Diaz-GSP fight, but it is too early (to tell),” Wright said.

St-Pierre last defended his title by besting Jake Shields in the main event of UFC 129 in Toronto. The defense prior to that was in Montreal in December, when GSP busted up Josh Koscheck at UFC 124.