07/09/2013 04:44 EDT | Updated 09/08/2013 05:12 EDT

UFC says show in Halifax is in the cards, other cities also in the Canadian mix

TORONTO - The UFC is headed to Halifax in the future.

"I think the chances of the UFC going to Halifax are extremely good," Tom Wright, director of UFC operations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, said at Tuesday's news conference to promote UFC 165 in Toronto this September.

"I've had conversations with the people that run the Metro Convention Centre there. I've had discussions with all sorts of different people politically down in Halifax.

"I think Atlantic Canada is a great spot for our sport. Halifax's a great sports town as you probably know, it's a great university town. It's the centre of commercial business in all of Atlantic Canada and they are definitely, definitely on our radar.

"And not just Halifax. But there's other cities across the country including places like Quebec City and Saskatoon ... Edmonton has been calling for us to take our athletes there. And there's a whole bunch of cities that want us to return."

The UFC has held 14 shows to date in Canada, with cards in Calgary, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

Wright said the UFC will hold a show in Halifax "if not in 2014, 2015. The next couple of years for sure."