This fight was just added to the UFC 115 Vancouver card late last night as Dana White (UFC president) announced the rematch between Thiago Alves and Jon Fitch via twitter. This match is a huge addition to the card as the first fight between the two fighters was great. Furthermore, this fight certainly helps the Vancouver card, which for the time being the rumoured main event is Liddell vs Franklin. Earlier reports indicated Liddell vs Ortiz.
All in all the main event still leaves much to be desired. I think the fans of Vancouver deserve a title fight, however, considering this event was almost shelved last week as rumours in the political world claim that Raymond Louie wanted the UFC out of town. I am glad the city and the mayor came to their senses and made this event happen.
UFC 115 will take place in the City of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at General Motors Place on Saturday, June 12.
“Our Canadian fans are among the most loyal and enthusiastic in the world, and we are thrilled to bring the UFC to Vancouver,” said Dana White, UFC President. “We want to thank Mayor Gregor Robertson and our partners at Canucks Sports and Entertainment for helping to make UFC 115 become the first UFC event in British Columbia.”
“We are pleased to be the host venue for this first ever UFC event in Vancouver,” said Harvey Jones, Vice President and General Manager, Arena Operations, Canucks Sports and Entertainment. “We know the UFC is very popular in Canada and that UFC 115 will be an incredible event for the city, the venue, and all the sports fans here.”
“Vancouver fans will be thrilled that the UFC is coming here,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “We’ve worked hard to bring it to Vancouver and I want to thank UFC and Canucks Sports and Entertainment for making the event possible. Vancouver has some of the most passionate UFC fans in the world, and I have no doubt that General Motors Place will be packed on June 12th.”
More information about UFC 115 including ticket availability, the main event and the undercard will be announced in the near future.
Fans traveling to Vancouver receive a special room rate of $185 a night (CAD) at the Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton, Downtown Vancouver. To book, click here and enter ZUF in the Group/Convention Code field by May 10. [source: ufc.com]