Vancouver, British Columbia recently passed a vote allowing MMA competition to take place in the province for a two year test period. It is well known that the mixed martial arts have a rabid fan base in Canada. One need only look at the record numbers pulled in and the stunning fan reaction received by the UFC shows held at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec as evidence. The UFC will be looking to impress with its inaugural Vancouver event (UFC 115, to be held at GM Place) in hopes of finding a permanent home in the hub of Canada’s westernmost province.
The most recent rumor, coming by way of MMAMania.com and MMAFighting.com, is that a bout between former WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit (24-5) and undefeated newcomer Rory MacDonald (10-0) has been verbally agreed upon.
Condit has had a tough time in the UFC, with his debut being a split-decision loss to Martin Kampmann and his follow up being a split-decision win over Jake Ellenberger, but he still represents a solid step up in competition for the Canadian.
Rory MacDonald, whose hometown of Kelowna is only a few hours away from UFC 115’s scheduled arena, beat Mike Guymon (11-3-1) by first round submission in his UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 20.
This should make for an entertaining bout between two skilled, high-energy fighters.
It is also being rumored that current TUF 11 coaches Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell could appear on the main card of UFC 115 as they square off for a third time.