Will the UFC be more popular than Football in Canada?
July 21, 2012
The USA Today reports a recent poll conducted by a Canadian polling firm determined that the UFC was 4th in sports popularity in Canada. The NHL, NFL and the CFL were ahead of the UFC in terms of popularity.
The article ran earlier this week in lead-up to Saturday’s UFC 149. Despite the rash of injuries and card shuffling, UFC 149 appears to have the second highest gate of 2012. This is due in part to the fans of Canada.
Can the UFC be on the same level as football? As identified in the article, it would be a hard sell considering the longevity that both the NFL and CFL have with its fans. But, with homegrown fighters and the UFC’s willingness to hold events in Canada, it can gain steam. The answer really will depend on the UFC’s longevity in popularity.