UFC president Dana White confirms fights on Montreal card in May

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Canadians Patrick (The Predator) Cote, Sam (Hands of Stone) Stout, Jonathan (The Road Warrior) Goulet and T.J. Grant will be fighting on friendly turf May 8 when the UFC returns to Canada for UFC 113.
The main event of the mixed martial arts card at Montreal's Bell Centre features a rematch between light-heavyweight champion Lyoto (The Dragon) Machida and Mauricio (Shogun) Rua. In another key matchup, English welterweight Paul (Semtex) Daley takes on Josh Koscheck.
Other fights include Kimbo Slice versus Matt Mitrione and Tim Credeur versus Tom Lawlor.
UFC president Dana White confirmed the bouts to The Canadian Press on Thursday.
Tickets for the show are available first to the UFC Fight Club in a pre-sale starting Feb. 18 at 10 a.m. ET. The next crack at tickets goes to UFC newsletter members, who can buy tickets on Feb 19 at 10 a.m. ET. The general public gets its chance on Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.
Tickets are priced at $600, $400, $250, $150, $100 and $50.
They will go fast, judging from the two previous shows in Montreal.
UFC 83, in April 2008, was the UFC's fastest sellout. The crowd of 20,011 was the organization's largest, as well as the biggest MMA crowd ever in North America. The Montreal attendance erased the previous record of 19,049, set at UFC 68 on March 3, 2007, at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The pre-sale for UFC 83 exceeded 13,000 in the first 24 hours and the remaining tickets sold out within one minute of the public sale.
UFC 97, in April 2009, also sold out.
UFC 110, set for later this month in Sydney, Australia, recently became the second-fastest sellout in the organization's 16-year history. The UFC says all 16,500 tickets for the Feb. 21 show at the Acer Arena were gone within hours of going on sale.
White expects another raucous evening in Montreal.
"I think it's going to rock, I think it's going to kick ass like it always does," White said. "You can always count on Canada.
"Maybe not for health care," he added mischievously with a chuckle, referring to a recent rant by UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. "But definitely for ticket sales."
Goulet was featured in the first UFC fight on Canadian soil, rallying from an early beating to dispatch Japanese welterweight Kuniyoshi Hironaka in the second round of the curtain-raiser at UFC 83. He will take on welterweight Marcus (The Irish Hand Grenade) Davis in May.
Cote, returning from a longterm knee injury suffered in a loss to middleweight title-holder Anderson Silva at UFC 90 in October 2008, faces middleweight Alan (The Talent) Belcher while welterweight T.J. Grant takes on Johny Hendricks.
Stout, who lost to Rich Clementi at UFC 83 and defeated (Handsome) Matt Wiman at UFC 97, is matched against lightweight Jeremy Stephens.
"That's a fun fight," said White.
The main event has been anticipated since Machida won a decision over Rua at UFC 104 last October. Many scored the fight for Rua.
"The first fight was great - controversial ending - and I think a lot of people want to see who's going to win," White said. "Machida's been so elusive. The guy's never been hit.
"He got hit more in that Shogun fight than I think he has in his whole career. It's going to be interesting, it's going to be a fun rematch."
White thinks the Montreal card will showcase "the old Machida."
"I don't know what happened the last fight, whether it was just that Shogun completely shut him down, was so fast and devastating with the leg kicks, that there was nothing Machida could do. Or whether Machida was a little off that night. Even the best in the world have an off night every now and then."
Rua, rusty from inactivity after a pair of knee surgeries, took his time blossoming in the UFC after coming over from Pride. But White always defended him, saying he would eventually show his true colours.
"Ring rust is real," he said. "He didn't look rusty in that (Machida) fight."
White did say he has not thought past Machida-Rua 2 in terms of who gets the next title shot at 205 pounds.
"We'll see where everything falls and we'll find out what happens then."
A win over Koscheck and Daley, who has already beaten Martin (The Hitman) Kampmann and Dustin Hazelett, could be in line for a 170-pound title shot.
"You're not kidding ... He beats Koscheck, he's the real deal," White said.
Daley's training partner, Dan (The Outlaw) Hardy, challenges welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre of Montreal next at UFC 111 in March.
The Montreal show was originally slated for May 1 but was pushed back to May 8 so as not to bump heads with a Las Vegas boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Shane Mosley.

Organizations: UFC Fight Club, Bell Centre, Canadian Press

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