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UFC 186 set for Montreal in April, other potential 2015 locations announced

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Finally, the UFC is returning to Canada with a major event.

After two false starts in 2014, it was announced Wednesday on UFC Tonight that UFC 186 will be held in Montreal on April 25. No headliner has been announced for the pay-per-view card yet.

The UFC will also be in Canada on Aug. 23 for a Fight Night card, likely on FOX Sports 1. The city is not official for that one yet, but there will be at least two other events later in the year in Canada with Toronto and Calgary being considered. One will be a pay-per-view.

UFC 178 was initially supposed to be in Toronto, but the site was changed to Las Vegas when the main event was scheduled to be Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson for the light heavyweight title. The UFC targeted Montreal for a show in December, but snubbed Canada again, bringing UFC 181 with a pair of title fights back to Vegas.

The promotion has not been to Montreal since UFC 158 on March 15, 2013 when Georges St-Pierre beat Nick Diaz in the headliner. The UFC did hold three shows in Canada last year: UFC 174 in Vancouver and Fight Nights in Halifax and Quebec City.

The UFC also announced a host of potential other target cities for 2015, including Cleveland, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Salt Lake City and Anaheim. The promotion will also be returning to Florida with the city still to be announced, likely somewhere it has never gone before.

Brazil will likely get seven shows in 2015, including two each in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. One of the Brazilian cards will be a pay-per-view event.

Also internationally, the UFC is hoping to hold shows in Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Scotland, Poland, the Netherlands and Russia. The organization believes it will hold the most shows in Europe it ever has this year.

The UFC will likely go to Mexico twice in 2015 with events planned in Mexico City and Monterrey. The UFC heavyweight title fight between Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum is targeted for a Mexico City card sometime in the first half of the year.

Also, the UFC has vowed to return to Australia for multiple events this year. One of them could be a massive stadium show in Melbourne headlined by one of the sport's biggest stars in November.