The Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) Returns to Canada for UFC(R) 97: Redemption - Available Live on Viewers Choice Pay Per View

    -  Live from Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec
    -  Anderson Silva vs. Thales Leites and Chuck Liddell vs. Mauricio
       "Shogun" Rua

    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - On Saturday, April 18, 2009, UFC(R) roars back
into Canada for UFC 97(R): Redemption, another record sell-out event for UFC
at Montreal's Bell Centre. With tickets snapped up in less than a week,
Viewers Choice Pay Per View offers fans the best seats in the house with
televised front row access to all the raw, hard-hitting action from inside the
Octagon(TM). Airing live on April 18 at 10 p.m. ET, UFC 97 will retail for
$44.99 and will also be available in High Definition for $54.99.
    The night's main match-up will feature UFC middleweight champion and one
of mixed martial arts' most feared strikers Anderson Silva as he steps into
the Octagon against submission specialist and fellow Brazilian, Thales Leites.
Also on the main card, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck "The
Iceman" Liddell returns to the Octagon to face 27-year-old Mauricio "Shogun"
Rua, as the first step to regaining his title.
    "Viewers Choice Pay Per View has been and continues to be the Canadian
destination for live UFC events. With the sports' popularity showing no signs
of slowing down in Canada, we are thrilled to give fans access to UFC 97,"
said Bill Custers, Director, Programming and Marketing, Viewers Choice Pay Per
View. "As the second UFC event ever to be hosted on our home turf, UFC 97 is
going to be one action-packed experience Canadian fans won't want to miss."
    "UFC 83 in Montreal was one of the biggest events in UFC history, and we
can't wait to come back to Canada," said UFC President Dana White while in
Toronto on Tuesday, April 14. "With heavy hitters like Chuck Liddell and
Anderson Silva on the card, we're looking forward to putting on another
exciting event for our Canadian fans. If you're not in the building, the best
place to see it is live on Viewers Choice."
    Other match-ups at UFC 97 include: Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brian Stann;
Cheick Kongo vs. Antoni Hardonk; Steve Cantwell vs. Luiz Cane; Denis Kang vs.
Xavier Foupa-Pokam; Nate Quarry vs. Jason Macdonald; David Loiseau vs. Ed
Herman; Mark Bocek vs. David Bielkheden; Ryo Chonan vs. TJ Grant; and Sam
Stout vs. Matt Wiman.
    To mark this special event, Viewers Choice will also offer a "Countdown
to UFC 97" presentation on its preview channel beginning Friday, April 17 at 6
p.m. ET with live coverage of the fighter weigh-ins in Montreal. The coverage
continues on the preview channel all weekend long with behind-the-scenes
footage, fighter profiles and interviews. Repeat viewings of UFC 97 will also
be available on Viewers Choice throughout the week following the event.

    Viewers Choice Pay Per View offers convenient, commercial-free, in home
viewing of the latest hit movies, unparalleled live sports and entertainment
events on an à la carte basis to cable television affiliates in eastern
Canada. Programming on Viewers Choice Pay Per View is offered on multiple
channels providing near video-on-demand convenience in both standard and
high-definition formats. Viewers Choice Canada Inc. is an Astral Media Pay Per
View network (50.1%); Rogers Pay Per View Inc. (24.95%); and NetStar
Communications Inc. (24.95%). For more information, please visit
    Viewers Choice Pay Per View is co-owned and managed by Astral Media.
Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay
television, radio, outdoor advertising and iMedia. Astral Media's solid and
dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests on its commitment to
offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its

For further information:

For further information: Nicolle Balen, Astral Television Networks,
(416) 956-8638,; or Roopa Shah, Astral Television
Networks, (416) 956-8584,

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