UFC Executive Expects ‘Huge Contingent Of Canadians’ In Las Vegas For GSP Fight

UFC Executive Expects ‘Huge Contingent Of Canadians’ In Las Vegas For GSP Fight

Georges St-Pierre has competed in his native country of Canada in each of his last four title defenses, spanning almost three years.

The last time GSP didn’t fight in the “Great White North” was 2010 when he defeated Dan Hardy in New Jersey.

Later this year, St-Pierre will face Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in Las Vegas – marking his first appearance in “Sin City” since a 2009 triumph vs. Thiago Alves.

Tom Wright, the director of Canadian operations with the UFC, was recently asked about losing GSP to the U.S.

“We’re expecting a huge contingent of Canadians to head down to Las Vegas,” said Wright, during the UFC World Tour last week.

St-Pierre, also on hand, chimed in, saying, “My fans in Montreal will be there with me in spirit, and I will bring them in my heart with me.”

Wright added that plans are being put in place for the promotion to head to places such as Halifax, Calgary and Quebec City in the coming months.

“One of the great things about Canada is there are great cities, great fans and great opportunities to go coast-to-coast.”

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