The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Thursday announced the full eleven-bout line-up for its April 19 Canadian debut.
The main event at the Bell Centre in Montreal is a welterweight title bout between current champion Matt Serra and interim champion Georges St. Pierre.
Serra won the title in April of last year in Houston at UFC 69 when he defeated St. Pierre by TKO in the first round. He has since been on the shelf due to participating as a coach on season six of The Ultimate Fighter and then suffering a back injury in training for a planned bout with Matt Hughes.
During that same time, St. Pierre has been on a hot streak, defeating Josh Koscheck and Matt Hughes in back-to-back performances.
Tickets for UFC 83 reportedly sold out in record time. According to UFC president Dana White, “Most of the tickets for UFC 83 were sold in the first 24 hours of our UFC Fight Club presale, and the rest were gone within one minute of the public on-sale.”
Although UFC 83 is the promotion’s first foray into Canada, White says it won’t be the last. “I’m excited to say that this event is a sellout, and the fastest one in UFC history, so it’s safe to say we definitely will be back in Canada after this inaugural event.”
Main Card Bouts:
-Matt Serra vs. Georges St. Pierre
-Rich Franklin vs. Travis Lutter
-Nate Quarry vs. Kalib Starnes
-Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy
-Mac Danzig vs. Mark Bocek
-Jason MacDonald vs. Joe Doerksen
-Alan Belcher vs. Jason Day
-Ed Herman vs. Demian Maia
-Sam Stout vs. Rich Clementi
-Cain Velasquez vs. Brad Morris
-Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Jonathan Goulet