UFC Fan Village at Lansdowne in the Glebe

June 16, 2016 | by glebeadmin

It’s fight week in the Glebe and the countdown to the first-ever UFC event in Ottawa is on.

Starting Thursday, fight fans across the city will have the chance to watch their favourite UFC fighters train at the open workouts inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. See welterweight contenders Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson train before their main event bout Saturday night at TD Place.

Other fighters scheduled to train in the open workout sessions include welterweights Donald Cerrone and Patrick Cote, as well as flyweights Joanne Calderwood and Valerie Letourneau. The open workouts start at 11 a.m. and are completely free to the public.

But that’s not all that’s on tap at the UFC Fan Village at Lansdowne. The village will feature autograph signings with Chris Weidman and other UFC greats, interactive games, live MMA demos and fitness challenges starting Friday at noon.

Fans are encouraged to take in Friday’s weigh-ins and Q&A session featuring UFC favourites Chris Weidman and Aljamain Sterling. Watch every fighter on the UFC Fight Night 89 card step on the scales and possibly hear a little UFC trash talk if you’re lucky. The Q&A begins at 3:30 p.m. with the first weigh-ins beginning at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

And if you were lucky enough to snag tickets, you’ll be back at TD Place Arena Saturday night for UFC Fight Night 89 featuring Canadian Rory MacDonald, the #1 ranked welterweight vs. Stephen Thompson, ranked #2 in the division.

The main card also features a co-main event featuring welterweight fan favourite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Canadian Patrick Cote. Click here for more information on the UFC Fan Village.

If you’re not in the fighting mood, then there is lots for you to feast on in the Glebe this weekend.

The Ottawa Asian Festival returns with its Open-Air Night Market all weekend on the Great Lawn at Lansdowne. The festival features food, beer, wine and live music featuring Jane Lu, singer and pianist Snowzei and acoustic singer Jimmy Li, among others.

The Asian Night Market starts Friday at 5 p.m. to midnight and runs Saturday from noon to midnight and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Click here for more information.

And Sunday, as always, the Ottawa Farmers’ Market returns to the Aberdeen Square at Lansdowne. The veggies are getting fresher and fresher as we move through the spring and into summer. Get your goods Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here for more information.