by Ken Pishna & Damon Martin – MMAWeekly.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Monday held a press conference in Montreal to discuss its upcoming Canadian debut on April 19.
Georges St. Pierre and Matt Serra were on hand to help pump up their welterweight title bout, but from the news that UFC president Dana White delivered, they didn’t really need to be there.
Tickets don’t even go on sale to the general public until Thursday of this week, but according to White, UFC Fight Club members (the only ones to whom tickets are currently available) have already purchased more than 13,000 tickets for UFC 83, which is set to take place at the 21,273-seat Bell Centre.
“13,375 tickets, in that ballpark,” said White of the total ticket sales thus far.
Serra defeated St. Pierre at UFC 69 in Houston, Texas to capture the UFC welterweight title. He was scheduled to defend that belt against Matt Hughes on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas, but had to withdraw due to an injury. St. Pierre stepped up to take his place and ended up defeating Hughes to capture the interim welterweight strap.
The UFC on Monday also announced the rest of the bouts for the April 19 event, minus one opponent. It is a full fight card with 10 bouts scheduled:
-Georges St. Pierre vs. Matt Serra
-Rich Franklin vs. Travis Lutter
-Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy
-Kalib Starnes vs. Nate Quarry
-Jason MacDonald vs. Joe Doerksen
-Mac Danzig vs. Mark Bocek
-Sam Stout vs. Rich Clementi
-Kuniyoshi Hironaka vs. Jonathan Goulet
-Ed Herman vs. Demian Maia
-Patrick Cote vs. TBA