UFC 216 Scheduled for Sept. 9 in Edmonton

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 27, 2017
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will hold its first-ever event in Edmonton on Sept. 9.

The Las Vegas-based promotion announced Thursday that UFC 216 will take place at Rogers Place, making Edmonton the 10th Canadian city to host the Octagon. The 20,000 seat venue opened in 2016 and is home to the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers and the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings.

The release issued by the UFC hinted that the card will include a championship bout. No fights have currently been confirmed.

“Edmonton is a great sports city and what we’ve been able to accomplish, and the energy and excitement we’ve been able to bring to Rogers Place is truly remarkable,” Bob Nicholson, Oilers Entertainment Group CEO & Vice Chair said. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our one-year anniversary and say thank you to fans in Edmonton and across Western Canada than by bringing a championship UFC fight to Rogers Place.”

All told, the UFC has held 23 events in Canada. Most recently, UFC Fight Night 105 took place in Halifax on Feb. 19. The promotion has also visited Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Saskatoon, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

“We are thrilled to hold our first pay-per-view event in Edmonton,” UFC Senior Vice President, Head of International and Content Joe Carr said. “Fans have long been asking us to bring the Octagon back to Alberta, and we can’t wait to deliver a blockbuster event at state-of-the-art Rogers Place this September.”

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