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Morning Report: Canada Hits the Jackpot, MMA Training Rocky-Style

Mar 22, 2012 - Canada may not be setting the sports world on fire right now, but our affable northern neighbors undoubtedly won the MMA lottery on Wednesday.

Not only did resident national hero Georges St. Pierre offer a positive status report (and seem surprisingly open to an Anderson Silva superfight), but somewhere amongst yesterday's 40 different fight announcements, word slipped out that the Canadians would play host to six different UFC pay-per-view events over the next two years.

And the headliner for the first one? None other than the most feared featherweight alive -- mister Jose Aldo Jr. Not a bad haul for one day, eh? (Sorry, that was just awful.)

UFC announces events in Calgary, Toronto and Montreal for 2012. UFC President Dana White announced a trio of upcoming events slated throughout Canada for both 2012 and 2013.
Georges St. Pierre hoping for November return. St. Pierre is on target for a November return to action, and though Carlos Condit is in his sights, "Rush" still left the door open for a potential superfight with Anderson Silva.
Jake Ellenberger vs. Martin Kampmann booked for Ultimate Fighter Finale main event. Jake "The Juggernaut" Ellenberger and Martin "The Hitman" Kampmann will meet in a primetime welterweight clash on June 1st, 2012.
Randy Couture talks Fedor Emelianenko. Couture took a break from Hollywood to discuss his retirement, his son Ryan's budding fight career, and the dream match-up with Fedor Emelianenko that never materialized.
Rio de Janeiro soccer stadium to host Silva-Sonnen 2. Anderson Silva vs. Chael Sonnen II has shifted from Sau Paulo, Brazil to a Rio de Janeiro soccer stadium expected to seat 80,000 crazed fight fans.

Media Stew:
Meanwhile in Russia, Sergei Kharitonov stopped by the butcher shop to pummel some pork, Rocky-style.
Brian Stann recounts his time in the U.S. Marines and tells the heartwrenching story of Operation Matador -- a mission that earned Stann the Silver Star award, but still haunts him to this day.
Brandon Han became an unfortunate internet sensation when a clip of Courtnie Korpela choking him unconscious hit the YouTube circuit late last year. A few months later, Han was offered a chance at revenge in a Man vs. Woman rematch on Tosh.0. NSFW: Language, General Bruce Buffer Awesomeness.
Cristiano Marcello will have a mighty challenge on his hands in this week's TUF: Live fight against Justin Lawrence. So while we wait for Friday, check out Marcello busting out his grappling wizardry in enemy territory against Hector Munoz.
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