Back in March, the UFC announced they will be traveling for the first time ever to the province of Manitoba for UFC 161: Evans vs. Henderson. On June 15th, Winnipeg will be graced by the presence of none other than the ultimate fighters themselves for a live fight. The event will be available for viewing through pay-per-view, and there are a number of preliminary fights as well as the exciting main card fights.
The live fight will take place at the MTS Centre in downtown Winnipeg, which can hold as many as 15,000 audience members, and normally houses the NHL Winnipeg Jets.
The History of UFC in Canada
On average, the UFC puts on live fights at three Canadian cities every year. Montreal and Toronto are the most popular places for fights to date. Back in 2011, Vancouver had the pleasure of hosting a fight, and in 2012, Calgary was honored with the privilege of hosting a fight as well.
Some of the featured fighters from the upcoming Winnipeg fight were out and about in town during early April to promote UFC 161. Alongside the fighters, UFC Canada Director, Tom Wright, discussed Winnipeg’s “knowledgeable fight fan base.”
Wright also pointed out that Winnipeg is a great place for the June 15th event.
UFC 161 will feature for the first time ever a women’s bantamweight bout between Alexis David (Ontario) and Rosie Sexton (Manchester, England). Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fans of all genders won’t want to miss this incredible showdown.
If you can’t make it to Winnipeg for this ultimate event, think about hosting your own MMA event for you and your friends. Any sports bar or pub with a TV and a subscription to cable (check with your provider to be certain) can make a pretty penny off hosting an event that centers around watching the live UFC fight.
Or, combine the best of both worlds. Check with your favorite local bar, see if they will play the live fight, and ask them whether they would be willing to host you and your friends.
You could sell event tickets to help the bar earn back money they spent on purchasing the fight for viewing. And you know what goes great with a fight at the bar? A frosty beer! Drink tickets are perfect for that.