TOP CONTENDERS COLLIDE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ATLANTIC CANADA AS RORY MACDONALD TAKES ON TAREC SAFFIEDINE ON OCTOBER 4
TICKETS FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT™: MACDONALD VS. SAFFIEDINE AT HALIFAX METRO CENTRE ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 22
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization makes its highly anticipated debut in Atlantic Canada on Saturday, October 4 at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. UFC FIGHT NIGHT™: MACDONALD vs. SAFFIEDINE will feature a five-round main event pitting two of the best welterweights against one another as second-ranked Rory “Ares” MacDonald (17-2, fighting out of Montreal) takes on ninth-ranked Tarec “The Sponge” Saffiedine (15-3, fighting out of Temecula, CA) in a bout that could determine the division’s next title contender. MacDonald has won two in a row, defeating the explosive Tyron Woodley via unanimous decision at UFC 174 in June and disposing of veteran Demian Maia in a “Fight of the Night” unanimous decision victory at UFC 170 in February. Saffiedine, the former STRIKEFORCE® welterweight champion, has won five straight including his UFC debut in January against Hyun Gyu Lim in a “Fight of the Night” performance. The winner of the bout could potentially set themselves up as the next frontrunner in the competitive 170-pound division to face current champion Johny Hendricks.
Additional bouts for UFC FIGHT NIGHT™: MACDONALD vs. SAFFIEDINE will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets for UFC FIGHT NIGHT™: MACDONALD vs. SAFFIEDINE go on sale Friday, August 22 at 10 a.m. ADT and may be purchased online at http://www.ticketatlantic.com. Ticket prices will be available soon. Ticket sales are limited to eight per person.
UFC Fight Club® members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, August 20 at 10 a.m. ADT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com and are limited to six per person. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, August 21 starting at 10 a.m. ADT with a limit of eight per person. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.
Since 2008, the UFC has hosted 16 events in Canada with each experiencing tremendous success. Collectively, the 16 events have seen more than 300,000 fans in attendance and millions worldwide
watching on Pay-Per-View and broadcast television. The six host cities to date – Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Quebec City – have had a cumulative gross gate of more than $60M and millions more in economic impact. Halifax will be the seventh Canadian city to host a UFC event. UFC events have set single-day event gate records in four Canadian venues: Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome (UFC 149), Montreal’s Bell Centre (UFC 124), Toronto’s Rogers Centre (UFC 129) and Winnipeg’s MTS Centre (UFC 161).
For more information or current fight news, visit ufc.com. All bouts live and subject to change.
About the Ultimate Fighting Championship®
Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) is the premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization and largest pay-per-view event provider in the world. Headquartered in Las Vegas with offices in London, Toronto, Singapore and Sao Paulo, UFC produces more than 40 live events annually that consistently sell-out some of the most prestigious arenas around the globe. UFC programming is broadcast in 129 countries to nearly 800+ million TV households worldwide in 28 different languages. In Canada, the UFC has broadcast agreements with Sportsnet 360 and TVA Sports,
which includes live events broadcasts, The Ultimate Fighter® reality television show and thousands of hours of programming. In 2014, UFC launched UFC FIGHT PASS™, a digital subscription service with exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content. The UFC organization also licenses over 100 UFC GYM® locations, and owns UFC.TV® (offering live event broadcasts and video
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