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UFC: Canadian Fighter Records on Home Soil

UFC: Canadian Fighter records on home soil

The UFC made its first trip north of the border in 2008 for UFC 83 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The card was headlined by the rematch between Matt Serra, who was the welterweight champion, and Georges St-Pierre, who was the interim champ.

The card did very well, as the Bell Centre was filled with 21,390 excited fans and their hometown guy, St-Pierre, brought them to their feet as he earned a TKO victory with devastating knees to the body of Serra to unify the two belts. The card had a total of eight Canadians on it, including one fight with two Canucks colliding, and they had an overall record of 4-4.

Since then, the UFC has set up shop in the Great White North a total of 27 times and is heading to Toronto, Ontario this upcoming Saturday for UFC 231 with Max Holloway and Brian Ortega facing off in the main event. There are five Canadians set to step inside the cage and I have a breakdown of how Canadians perform on their home soil.

Excluding fights in which two Canucks went toe to toe, from a betting perspective and overall since 2012, Canadians as favorites fighting on home soil are 41-14, as well as 1-0 at EVEN money. When they have battled as underdogs, they have a losing record, going 16-23-0-2. Lastly, the record straight up for Canadians fighting in Canada, including fights with two Canucks fighting each other, is 107-83 (this includes fighters who may have been born outside of Canada but fight under the Canadian flag such as Randa Markos, Nordine Taleb, etc.).

Canadian Fighters on Home Soil
  • Favorites 41-14
  • Underdogs 16-23-0-2
  • EVEN money 1-0
Stats as of December 5

There’s definitely an advantage to fighting in your home country, with the familiarities and the lack of travel. I’ve also noticed that the UFC will typically give those fighters winnable fights to excite the home crowd – that’s purely my opinion based on what I’ve seen. Looking to take advantage of this trend? Take a look at the Canadians who are fighting this weekend in Toronto for UFC 231.

UFC 231: Canadians on the card
  • Brad Katona -200
  • Chad Laprise -365
  • Elias Theodorou -125
  • Hakeem Dawodu -170
  • Olivier Aubin-Mercier -120
Odds as of December 5 at Bovada