The rise in popularity of MMA worldwide reaches its peak in Canada. When tickets for tUFC 129 on April 30 at the Rogers Centre, Toronto went on sale, allt 42,000 sold out with in hour. Moreockets were added and sold out, for an eventual total of 55,000. That number of seat sales more than doubles the previous attendance record for mixed martial arts in North America, also set in Canada, at UFC 124 last December in Montreal when 23,152 packed the Bell Centre to see Georges St-Pierre beat Josh Koscheck.The The live gatealso roughly doubles the previous standard of $5.4 million, set in December 2006 for UFC 66 in Las Vegas, when Chuck Liddell beat Tito Ortiz.
Figure Four Daily with Bryan Alvarez and Josh Nason of FIGHT! Magazine interviews guest Ben Henderson about his fight with Mark Bocek at UFC Toronto in two weeks, Tae Kwon Do, his two Donald Cerrone fights in WEC, the Anthony Pettis showtime kick, his goals as a fighter, and what he thinks of the Canadian fans he will be in front of as he faces hometown hero Mark Bocek in Toronto on the 29th.
"I am honored to be a part of the biggest card in UFC history, going in front of Mark Bocek's hometown. It's not that I am not phased by it, but its not the biggest deal. We are doing something in training to perpare for that.
All my other fights my entire career, I have always been the other guy coming into the other guy's territory. That could be a factor why it is not a big deal to me.
I have fought in Canada twice before. I had huge support ... (Canadian fans are) really knowledgeable, awesome fans. Canadian fans in my experience really know MMA for the sake of mma. They appreciate wrestling for the sake of wrestling. They appreciate jiu-jitsu for the sake of jiu-jitsu. They appreciate muay thai for the sake of Muay Thai.
It is not all about like some UFC MMA fans, who are all about "Knock his head off put him in a body bag" Terry Toughnuts or Billy Badass approach.
The Canadian fans are really knowledgeable, and seem to like me
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