The UFC will be returning to Toronto, Ontario, Canada for the second time since MMA was legalized in the province this December 10 with UFC 140 – which will feature a main event between UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones and former champ Lyoto Machida – and, so far, everyone involved is excited to be giving the passionate Canadian MMA fans another helping of top-notch MMA.
“I feel very welcome by the crowd here in Toronto,” said Machida, who knocked out UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture on the UFC’s first trip to Toronto at UFC 129. “I fought a legend in Randy Couture and I’m really excited to be coming back to Toronto and fighting again for this crowd.”
For his part, Jones is excited to perform in front of a crowd made up of who he believes to be the sport’s most ardent supporters.
“Obviously, I haven’t gotten a chance to fight here yet, but I’ve been coming here for many years training with Georges and I’m really just honored to fight in front of you guys,” said the champ. “It’s very obvious in the MMA world that Canadian fans are the most enthusiastic and most passionate about the sport. Where people say Vegas is the mecca of fighting, I really look at Canada as the mecca when it comes to our support base. I’m honored to give the people what they want, the people who want it the most. So, thanks for having us.”
UFC president Dana White has always maintained a deep appreciation for the Canadian fans, going so far as to hold the promotion’s largest event ever in Toronto last April. White today asserted that the UFC’s presence in Canada – and specifically Toronto – won’t be dwindling anytime soon, since it’s rapidly shaping up to be the MMA capital of the world.
“It’s funny, Vegas has always been known as the fight capital of the world; well, in our sport, Toronto is becoming well known for that,” said White.
UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida will go down at the Air Canada Centre.