The Sunday Morning Cornerman podcast is back to break down the action for this past weekend’s UFC Ottawa!
The Sunday Morning Cornerman looks at the action from Ottawa this week, where the North remembers.
Canadian MMA fans are some of the most passionate out there, thanks to the long history the sport has in the country.
While many will point to Georges St. Pierre as the underlying reason, the sport captured the attention of Canadians well before that. Carlos Newton was the first Canuck to win gold in the UFC, capturing the welterweight title at UFC 31 in 2001.
UFC 58, in 2006, was titled USA vs. Canada, and featured seven Canadians, taking on U.S. opposition. Though hosted in Las Vegas, the card saw three Canadian fighters pick up big wins: Georges St. Pierre, Sam Stout, and Mark Hominick.
St. Pierre would win the UFC welterweight title for the very first time in his very next fight. Hominick would go on to challenge Jose Aldo for the featherweight belt at the Skydome years later, at UFC 129. Stout would remain a staple of the lightweight division up to his final fight in 2015.
Later, the Rory MacDonalds and Elias Theodorous would arrive. In any case, it’s not surprise that Canada turned out to support the promotion’s return to Ottawa this past Saturday night. Though who they chose to support, and who won big, was a surprise in some cases.
The Sunday Morning Cornerman returns to break down UFC Ottawa — check out the latest episode below!