Canada draws five UFC events in 2014, including stops in Quebec City, Halifax

The Great White North will be a hotbed for UFC action in 2014, as the promotion confirmed its schedule with five shows, including debuts in two new cities.

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The Octagon will touch down in Canada five times in 2014. The promotion announced its dates and locations for the shows during a Wednesday press conference in Quebec City.

The live events will visit two new cities and three previous stops in the tour.

The five shows are The Ultimate Fighter: Nations Finale on April 16 at Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, UFC 174 on June 14 from Vancouver’s Rogers Arena, UFC 127 on Sept. 27 from Toronto’s Air Canada Centre, a UFC Fight Night show on Oct. 5 from the Halifax Metro Centre, and UFC 181 on Dec. 6 at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

To date, the promotion has staged 14 events in the country, selling in excess of $60 million in tickets. This, however, will mark the first time the UFC has visited the country more than three times in a year.

The promotion also plans to bring a fan experience into several Canadian provinces during the year, targeting still to be determined cities in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

The first of those events already has several matches attached to it. TUF: Nations coaches Patrick Cote and Kyle Noke will headline, and on Wednesday, UFC director of Canadian operations Tom Wright announced that Sam Stout vs. K.J. Noons and Mitch Gagnon vs. Tim Gorman would also take place on the show.

Aside from the fight dates, the big news was the appearance of lightweight contender T.J. Grant, who announced the Halifax show and seemed to indicate he was nearing a return to competition. He has been on the sidelines since September with lingering concussion issues.

“2013 overall I’d say was an amazing year for me,” he said. “I got married, we had a baby girl, so it was an incredible year. I had some success in my fights, I got injured. It’s all in the past now. I’m just looking at building off last year and recovering, and moving on to the next step. I want to get in there and get at that title.”