The rumors were true…well, partially true. At a press conference earlier today, Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta announced the UFC will be opening a dedicated Canadian office in Toronto, however it won’t be run by anyone affiliated with the WWE. Instead, former Canadian Football League commissioner Tom Wright will head the new division.

Wright’s first priority will focus on getting the sport legalized and regulated in all of Canada, especially in the Ontario province where they’ll be setting up shop. Dana White wouldn’t confirm it, but word is they’re tentatively planning an event in March 2011 at the Roger Center in Toronto. Ideally, they hope to run three annual shows in Canada. Developing Canadian talent will also be a focus for the new division.

The Canada branch will resemble the UFC’s UK division, supporting 12-15 employees.