The country of Canada may be cursed when it comes to UFC main events.
The UFC only makes a couple of trips to the Great White North a year, and unfortunately, many of the UFC’s planned main events were canceled before the event took place. In the past seven years, nine UFC main events in Canada were changed for various reasons.
Most recently, the main event for UFC 215, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, was canceled less than two days before the event. UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson was scheduled to defend his title against Ray Borg, but Borg withdrew from the fight due to illness. Now, the UFC 215 main event will feature UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes defending her title against Valentina Shevchenko.
Below, you can see a list of main event fights that were changed in Canada courtesy of MMAjunkie.
UFC 215 in Edmonton (Sept. 9, 2017)
Original main event: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg
Revised main event: Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
UFC Fight Night in Halifax (Feb. 19, 2017)
Original main event: Junior Dos Santos vs. Stefan Struve
Revised main event: Derrick Lewis vs. Travis Browne
UFC 206 in Toronto (Dec. 10, 2016)
Original main event: Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson
Revised main event: Max Holloway vs. Anthony Pettis
UFC 186 in Montreal (April 26, 2015)
Original main event: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao
Revised main event: Demetrious Johnson vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
UFC 161 in Winnipeg (June 15, 2013)
Original main event: Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland
Revised main event: Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson
UFC 152 in Toronto (Sept. 22, 2012)
Original main event: Demetrious Johnson vs. Joseph Benavidez
Revised main event: Jon Jones vs. Vitor Belfort
UFC 149 in Calgary (July 21, 2012)
Original main event: Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch
Revised main event: Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao
UFC 131 in Vancouver (June 11, 2011)
Original main event: Brock Lesnar vs. Junior Dos Santos
Revised main event: Junior Dos Santos vs. Shane Carwin
UFC 115 in Vancouver (June 12, 2010)
Original main event: Chuck Liddell vs. Tito Ortiz
Revised main event: Chuck Liddell vs. Rich Franklin