Countdown Commences For Biggest Event In UFC History

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Dan Zaiontz from Rogers Sportsnet sent along the following:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COUNTDOWN IS ON FOR CANADA’S FIRST UFC EVENT

Two-hour preview show offers exclusive analysis, features and special guests

TORONTO (April 16, 2008) — All eyes will be on the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT when UFC 83: Countdown Canada previews the first ever Ultimate Fighting card held north of the border on Rogers Sportsnet.

Starting on Wednesday, April 16, R.J. Broadhead and “Showdown” Joe Ferraro will file reports on Sportsnet Connected with the latest updates from Montreal. On fight night, they will be reporting live from the Bell Centre offering exclusive analysis, features and special guests.

Sportsnet’s coverage of the biggest event in UFC history will set-up the rematch between current champion Matt “The Terror” Serra and interim champion and Quebec native Georges “Rush” St-Pierre, who will battle for the unified Welterweight championship.

UFC 83: Countdown Canada will take viewers behind-the-scenes and into the lives of Ultimate Fighters, featuring a sit-down interview with St-Pierre in which he breaks down his defeat at the hands of Serra at UFC 69. St-Pierre is only the second Canadian to ever hold a UFC championship. Newmarket, Ontario's Carlos “The Ronin” Newton was Canada's first and he warns viewers that Serra will pose a significant challenge for GSP.

Serra will lead viewers on a tour of his life outside of Ultimate Fighting in Long Island, New York, while Canuck middleweight Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald welcomes viewers into his home in Red Deer, Alberta. MacDonald will be taking on fellow Canadian Joe Doerksen in a preliminary bout on Saturday night; a fight that has sparked a war of words on Sportsnet.ca.

Preceded by Countdown to UFC 83 at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, Countdown Canada will also preview other middleweight bouts including Rich Franklin vs. Travis Lutter and Michael Bisping vs. Charles McCarthy. From live guests and predictions to in-depth analysis of the Main and Preliminary Cards; Sportsnet has UFC 83 covered.

For all the highlights, breaking news and inside stories from the UFC, tune into Sportsnet Connected and log on to sportsnet.ca. “Sports. Your style.”

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