As a sports city, Winnipeg can punch above its weight, UFC executive Tom Wright told the crowd at the Metropolitan on Wednesday.
That's what the UFC is betting on as it rolled into town for a press conference highlighting UFC 161, which will go down on June 15 at the MTS Centre. The conference featured a visit from the UFC’s interim bantamweight champion, Renan Barao, his challenger Eddie Wineland and Alexis Davis, who will take on British fighter Rosi Sexton in the first female UFC fight held in Canada.
Davis, who is from Ontario but recently moved to Los Angeles, fought her first professional fight in Winnipeg in 2007. "The fans in Winnipeg are incredible," she said, noting she hasn’t fought in Canada in a couple of years and is hoping fans will rally behind her as a home favourite.
The fight card also includes Winnipegger Roland Delorme, who trains at the Winnipeg Academy of Mixed Martial Arts.
Tickets for the event go on sale to the general public Friday at 10 a.m. They range from $50 to $500 for premium seats and will be available through Ticketmaster. Advance tickets are already on sale for members of UFC Fight Club and fans who subscribe to the UFC’s online newsletter will be able to take part in a ticket pre-sale Thursday.